May 27, 2013 - 4:52 PM
Fire service coverage could soon span between McLure and Vavenby, uninterrupted, at a cost of approximately $200 per year for the average residence in the service area.
Fire chiefs from McLure, Barriere, Little Fort, Blackpool, Clearwater and Vavenby have been discussing the idea for ten years and two years ago the board of directors approved a feasibility study. The fire chiefs have now met several times and had numerous discussions with Thompson Nicola Regional District staff regarding the idea.
Discussions around frequency, reservoir locations, maintenance costs and protection boundaries have all taken place and staff have met with elected officials and staff from the affected areas to discuss the service scope, costs and establishment processes. As it stands the service is expected to cost a maximum of $50,000 annually from the service area for an average of $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Public meetings regarding the fire protection service will take place mid-June in Clearwater and Little Fort. If the response is favourable the petition process will be used to get the required approval for the service.
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