Invested in Safety: A New Fire Hall for Bowen Island
Project Update: December 10, 2018
At a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 10, 2018, the Fire Hall Facilities Steering Committee (FHFSC) presented a project briefing and PowerPoint Presentation regarding the history of the Fire Hall and work of the FHFSC to-date. Kim Johnston and John Botelho, Johnston Davidson Architecture and Planning Inc. presented a PowerPoint Presentation providing an overview of the Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre site plan, building plan, and planned building uses.
Preparation of the Fire Hall site on Miller Road began in January 2018 with the removal of trees and brush, and levelling the ground to get the site ready to build the new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre. Starting this work in early January ensures it doesn’t interfere with the beginning of heron and other birds’ nesting season. Because a portion of the Maple Trail crosses the site, it was closed. Metro Vancouver will be considering options for relocating that portion onto Crippen Park lands.
There are two mature trees on the site that were left intact, and extra care was taken not to damage them so that they can remain growing there.
A referendum was held on August 19, 2017. We would like to thank the members of the community who came out and voted. Thank you, Bowen Island, for investing in safety with your vote.
Official results of the referendum
Bowen Island Municipality’s Deputy Chief Election Officer declared the results of the referendum, with 81% of ballot votes cast in favour of Bowen Island Municipal Council adopting Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 441, 2017.
Adoption of the bylaw will authorize Council to borrow up to 3 million dollars, repayable over a period of 30 years, for the development and construction of a new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre on a portion of the Community Lands on Miller Road.
- A total of 965 ballots were cast. 81% voted “Yes” and 19% voted “No”.
- 68 ballots were cast by mail.
- 143 ballots were cast in the advanced poll.
- 754 ballots were cast on general voting day.
- The voter turnout was 32% of 3001 registered voters, which included resident and non-resident property electors.
Public Open Houses were held on March 25 and April 27, 2017 and June 10, 2017.
Last Updated on 2018-12-19 at 12:20 PM