Paul Lake Fire protection petition is successful

60 per cent of property owners within the proposed Paul Lake Fire Protection Service Area returned signed petitions

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

On August 6, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) released the official results from a public assent process for establishment of a fire protection area and authorization to borrow $260,000 for construction of a fire hall for the community of Paul Lake.

The petition process was successful.

Completed petitions from 60 per cent of the property owners within the proposed Paul Lake Fire Protection Service Area were returned before the July 14, 2014, submission deadline. Those petitions represented 60 per cent of the total net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area.

Director John Sternig, Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks), was pleased with the clear support for service establishment, which far exceeded the 50 per cent requirements.

As a result of the community’s support for this service, the Board of Directors gave three reading to the Paul Lake Protection Financial Contribution Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 2476 and to Paul Lake Fire Protection Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2477 at the Board’s July 17 regular meeting.

Those bylaws will, upon adoption, allow for the provision of the fire protection service starting December 31, 2014, and for borrowing funds for fire-hall construction.

The bylaws have been forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval and it is anticipated that the board will be authorized to adopt the bylaws establishing the service this fall.

Once adopted, final arrangements may be put in place for service commencing December 31, 2014.