View Royal begins tucking money away for new fire hall

  • Apr. 26, 2011 10:00 a.m.

View Royal has started putting money aside for a new fire hall building, but the Town is a long way from knowing when the project will start or how much it will cost.

Last December View Royal approved borrowing $2.5 million to purchase a 2.4-acre property for the fire hall in the 300-block of Island Highway. That debt will be paid back from casino revenue, rather than through taxes.

Council has also earmarked $50,000 of casino revenue this year as the first payment into a new reserve fund that will be put towards the fire hall, but after that tax increases will be used to build up the fund.

In 2012 a one per cent tax bump will be dedicated to the fire hall fund, followed by three per cent in 2013, 3.5 per cent in 2014 and 5.5 per cent in 2015. The resulting fund will have more than $700,000 accumulated by 2015, plus interest.

In reports to council, the number tossed around for the cost to build the new fire hall was $8 million, though that’s expected to be on the high end.

“We won’t know the cost until we have a capital plan, I don’t know when that will be,” said Mayor Graham Hill, noting the price tag could be offset by the sale of Town property, including the site of the existing fire hall and any excess land at the new location.

“It’s likely the property we bought is larger than needed.”

Hill said a construction time line hasn’t been established, and wouldn’t speculate on when he thought work might begin on a new hall.

“We’re early in planning, we don’t even have a building design yet,” Hill said. “We’ve got the land. We’ve started the process of saving. And that’s where we’re at.”

Though View Royal fire chief Paul Hurst is looking forward to a new hall, he isn’t pushing council for deadlines.

“Even I don’t know when it will be built,” Hurst said. “Council is committed to moving forward on this, and that’s the main thing.”

View Royal has long outgrown its 54-year-old fire hall, designed when the town only needed a dozen volunteers firefighters.

There are now 35 firefighters responding to more than 750 callouts per year, including automatic aid calls with Colwood.

news@goldstreamgazette.com

 

Just Posted

Federal government actions hurt Sooke hatchery fundraising efforts

Funding denial comes on the heels of fishing closures

SD62 student places third in province-wide French competition

12-year-old Sasha Zandieh won third with a speech on poet Pablo Neruda

Jesse Roper learns to create fire in the wild, in Sacred Knowledge web series

Ragnarock Studios production shares primitive skills with Islanders

Island athlete goes from hoop dreams to icy track

Cyrus Gray hopes to punch his ticket to Olympics in bobsleigh

Oak Bay researcher’s Canadian English dictionary goes to print

How an unknown American hobbyist sparked a Canadian dictionary

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Kamloops girl, 9, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning now out of ICU

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

PHOTOS: First responders in Fernie rescue baby owl who fell from nest

The baby owl’s inability to fly back to its nest prompted a rescue by first responders

Five takeaways from the Court of Appeal ruling on B.C.’s pipeline law

It’s unclear how many tools are left in B.C.’s toolbox to fight the project

Most Read