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Fire Hall Project and AAP Open House

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Residents and non-resident owners of property in the Village of Cumberland are invited to learn more about the proposed construction of a new fire hall – and the alternate approval process that is underway to seek elector assent to pay for its construction.

To provide the community with an update on the proposed Cumberland Fire Hall Project and overview of proposed funding plan, an open house has been scheduled:

Fire Hall Project & AAP Open House
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, 10 am-12 pm and 5-7 pm (Budget open house to follow at 7 pm)
Village Council Chamber at 2675 Dunsmuir Ave.

Information displays and project team members will be on hand to answer questions at the event. The existing fire hall at 2679 Dunsmuir Ave. will also be open during these times for anyone who wants to stop in to see the challenges of the current facility.

“A new fire hall that ensures our Fire Department has what it needs to continue to protect the safety of our residents and their property is a priority for this council,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “We want to hear from the community about whether they support this proposal.”

The proposed new hall on Cumberland Road will resolve outstanding operational safety and structural issues at the aging existing facility. The new post-disaster building would also serve as Cumberland’s main Emergency Operations Centre in the event one is necessary.

An alternate approval process (or counter-petition) is open until Dec. 13 to seek electoral assent for borrowing up to $4.2 million to construct a new fire hall. In an AAP process, electors who do not support the borrowing may sign and submit an ‘elector response form’ in confidence indicating their opposition. More information about the AAP, and response forms, are available at the Village’s office and at cumberland.ca.

If approved, the $4.2 million borrowed will result in an increase in taxes for capital debt repayment and operating costs for the fire protection service. Borrowed for 20-years at 4 per cent interest, it’s estimated this will result in a $142/year increase on Cumberland’s average-priced home ($431,847). The amount will increase/decrease based on home value and interest rates. On the median commercial property this will result in a $294 increase/year.

Watch for a newsletter with more information distributed to Cumberland residents in the mail in the coming days. Find out more about the Fire Hall project and the alternative approval process.

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