Greater Merville Fire Service - Auxiliary Fire Hall
Between November 5 and December 7, 2020 an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) was held to obtain elector approval of a loan authorization bylaw (No. 614) that would enable the borrowing of $2 million to fund the construction of an auxiliary fire hall.
The CVRD provides the Greater Merville Fire Protection Service and contracts with the City of Courtenay for fire suppression services. The CVRD has committed to construct, equip and operate a new auxiliary fire hall to be located at the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society property at Williams Beach Road and the Island Highway. This new fire hall is to be managed in collaboration with Oyster River Fire Rescue.
A consultant’s report recommended the development of an auxiliary fire hall, centrally located within the Greater Merville area to provide the following benefits:
- Improved life-safety of the residents within the service area
- A responding fire hall within eight kilometers of the residents which may lead to reduced fire insurance premiums
- Delivery of medical first responder program within the service area
Bylaw No. 614 being “Greater Merville Fire Protection Service Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 614, 2020” authorizes the CVRD to borrow two million dollars ($2,000,000) for the construction and equipping of the new auxiliary fire hall. The loan would be paid back over a maximum of 25 years by the taxable properties within the Service Area.
In order for the CVRD to proceed with the final adoption of Bylaw No. 614, less than 10 per cent of the electors in the CVRD would have had to submit an elector response form. The total number of electors within the service was determined to be 2,733; 10 per cent of that number, or 273 individuals, would have had to submit an elector response form to prevent the CVRD from adopting Bylaw No. 614 without going to referendum.
At the close of the process on December 7, 2020, 8 elector response forms were received from electors in the service area.