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Shuswap’s Eagle Bay Fire Hall to be renovated

Columbia Shuswap Regional District has approved funding
Cathy Moralia and John Edmonds from the Eagle Bay Fire Department plan out the response to a hypothetical emergency with Nathan Lewis from the Celista Fire Department during a training exercise. (Salmon Arm Observer file photo)

The Eagle Bay Fire Hall will be getting an additional $40,000 in upgrades.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors approved Deputy Regional Fire Chief Sean Coubrough’s request for the funding.

The Eagle Bay Fire Hall is budgeted for a number of renovations, including new siding and a new larger bay door for a wildland truck. As well, staff would like to purchase new energy efficient bay doors for the entire building using Community Works Funds while the renovation project is underway.

“Protective Services staff are working to prolong the life of existing fire department infrastructure through investments in renovations to buildings and energy efficiency upgrades,” wrote Coubrough in his report to the board. “These facilities were built cost effectively in their inception and are often not as energy efficient as they could be.”

Coubrough pointed out that materials available today are significantly better at insulating and can improve energy efficiency while prolonging the overall life of the facility.

With support from Director Marty Gibbons the $40,000 will be taken from the Electoral Area C Community Works Fund.

The balance of the Area C Community Works Fund as of Jan. 31 was approximately $71,000 after all previously approved commitments. Expenditure of the funds will be in accordance with the 2014- 2024 Agreement between the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) and CSRD, which expires at the end of March.

Having received approval by electoral area directors, staff will initiate a competitive tendering process to complete the scope of work. The project will be completed by the end of 2024.

Gibbons noted that money from his community works fund flows through so quickly but helps to take the burden off Area C taxpayers.

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