Salt Spring Island Fire / Rescue Election News

The results are in and with only 174 votes cast we have re elected the same three trustees.  Over this term the board will have to make the decision to go ahead with the new 2-4milion dollar Salt Spring  fire hall.  I really do not think the general public on Salt Spring is following this story and will react after that fact.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.  Will try to keep this post updated with any Salt Spring fire board news.

Salt Spring Island is not a municipality and has it’s own Salt Spring Island Fire Protection District.  The Salt Spring fire district is the largest unincorporated fire district in BC.   On April 16, 2012 there will be an election for 3 new trustees for a 3 year term.  Here is the official notice of Election. SSIFPD Notice of Election 2012

Podcast of the Salt Spring fire trustee candidates. Recorded live on the CFSI Radio Real Estate show with host Scott Simmons;

ELECTED ECKBERG Grant 226 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C. V8K 2K7
audio interview  Fire Trustee Grant

ELECTED HANNAH Richard 2059 North End Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C., V8K 1C9
audio interview  Richard Hanna Fire Trustee part 1
audio interview  Richard Hannah Fire Trustee part 2  Note to listeners at the 5 minute 30 second time on this clip Mr Hannah talks about a Steel building option for the new fire hall.  I have added this note after receiving a notice from Permasteel saying they were going to mention this in response to the driftwood article Feb 6, 2013.

ELECTED PATTERSON N. Bruce 2914 Fulford-Ganges Road, Salt Spring Island, B.C., V8K 2P3
audio interview Fire Trustee Bruce

NOT ELECTED ZOOK Elizabeth 111 Lawnhill Drive, Salt Spring Island, B.C., V8K 2C8
Declined invitation to come on Radio Real Estate Show

Breaking news via the GI Driftwood B.C.’s Agricultural Land Commission has made a crucial decision that brings the Salt Spring Fire Protection District one step closer to building a new Ganges fire hall. 10 April 2012.

The election if of vital importance on Salt Spring Island due to the importance of having a fire department and the portion of taxes paid to the fire department (Approx 2.4mil 2011up from the approx 2 mil 2009   SSIFPD_2011_Budget  ) To inform you the subscribers to this page the Radio Real Estate show will try and get all the candidates running for trustee on the show.  The Radio Real Estate show was live on Tuesday at 12noon on CFSI 107.9fm or streaming at or podcast here on this page. There is an old saying if you don’t vote don’t ____ .

One of the roles of the trustees is;

…responsible for ensuring there is sufficient revenue to finance the costs of operating, administering and maintaining the public services for which the improvement district is responsible.
Budgets, capital financing policies, a cash management system, financial administration and reporting policies, taxes, tolls, reserve funds, debt, fees and developer charges (also called capital expenditure charges) are all tools the board of trustees may use to manage revenues and expenditures. This is from the BC Gov Improvement District Trustee’s Handbook 2009.

All in all I would say we have a top notch fire department on Salt Spring Island.  From the Chief on down we are blessed to have such a high degree of esprit de corps in our local fire department.   Tune in this Tuesday for my first interview with a candidate running for trustee.  The managerial role of the Salt Spring Island Fire Protection district trustee is our link to our fire department.  Get informed and get out and vote.  We have a great fire department made up of fantastic volunteers and professional fire people lets make sure we have a top notch board with the best candidates elected to it.



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