Paul Lake fire hall given the go-ahead

PAUL LAKE – Paul Lake will get its fire hall after receiving support from 60 per cent of residents during the petition process.

Following project approval from the province, the Thompson Nicola Regional District will borrow $260,000 on behalf of Paul Lake Fire Protection to build the hall.

Petition forms were sent to owners of 148 different land locations. The district received 89 petitions approving the project.

Starting in 2015, residents of Paul Lake will be taxed for the fire service. Additional funds will be used to fund the department along with training and hall expenses.

A tentative date for construction of the fire hall has not been set.

A similar petition to establish a fire protection area in 70 mile house did not meet the same fate as Paul Lake. The district received completed petitions from only 36 per cent of property owners. Legislation for service establishment requires a minimum of 50 per cent petition return. 

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