Take the first step

If the process really is going to be open and transparent, let's get started

So the Qualicum Beach council — or some of them — have decided that a new firehall has top overall priority.

It may cost $4 million, perhaps even $5 million, no one knows, but whatever, we don’t have the money so will have to borrow. At the same time all other capital improvements and protective measures will be put on the back burner.

All this, up to this point, has been decided with no reference to the citizens who will pay this enormous price. Opinions around town are mixed.

This needs to be publicly debated. Councillor Brouillette has stated the public will be absolutely involved in the process.

Let’s get this public involvement going quickly. Let’s get into the open that many think it a nice to have but not a need to have. Let’s debate how much of an improvement it will be to locate the new hall to the far edge of town. Let’s be sure that it is wanted by the majority before taking the first step to implementation.

Frank Horner

 

Qualicum Beach

 

 

Just Posted

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Oceanside RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Nanoose Bay’s Northwest Bay Road again open to the public

Single-lane alternating traffic expected to stretch into September

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town hit by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

Most Read