On November 5, 2020 the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) began an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the loan authorization bylaw to help finance the construction and equipping of a new Greater Merville Fire Protection Service fire hall.

The development of an auxiliary fire hall, centrally located within the Greater Merville area, has been identified as a key initiative since 2016 to provide several benefits to the local community including improved life-safety services for residents and potential reductions in fire insurance premiums for insured residences.

On December 7, 2020 the AAP process ended. At the close of the process eight eligible elector response forms were received and the Board may now consider the bylaw for adoption at their December 15 meeting.

In order for the CVRD to proceed with the final adoption of the loan authorization bylaw, less than 10 per cent of the electors in the service area would have had to submit an elector response form. The total number of electors for this AAP was determined to be 2,733. Therefore, the CVRD would have had to receive 273 elector response forms to prevent the Board from adopting Bylaw No. 614 without going to referendum.

“Following adoption of the loan authorization bylaw, staff will begin the tendering processes to select the construction contractor as well as the fire service equipment suppliers,” explains CVRD James Bast, Manager of Fire Services. “It is anticipated that fire hall construction will continue through the summer of 2021.”

The total estimated cost for the fire hall project is estimated at $2,129,430 to be funded through a combination of capital reserves and a maximum of two million dollars of borrowing. No tax increase is projected as part of the borrowing plan due to transitioning reserve contributions to debt repayment.

To learn more about the project visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/mervillefire