OUR VIEW: The hall mark of public input

Sidney is trying to ensure there will be buy-in when a final decision is made on a replacement fire hall.

Sidney is starting its self-described robust public participation process into the replacement plans for its fire hall.

On Monday, Feb. 2, council hears from the firm who conducted a feasibility study, looking at the potential sites, partners and makeup of a community safety building — one that will be built to a higher safety standard than its current fire hall on Third Street.

Already, it has been stated that land next to Sidney Elementary School on Seventh Street is the favoured location. Of course, that still requires negotiation between the Town and School District 63 (Saanich) on a purchase price.

Needless to say, those negotiations (as well as other discussions of price and service relocation by agencies like the RCMP, B.C. Ambulance Service and others) could very well remain out of the public eye. But that doesn’t mean there will an eroding of public process.

It’s not common for a municipality to issue a media release in advance of a regular committee meeting. Doing so in this case shows the Town realizes the issue will be an important one for many citizens and is making sure people have every opportunity to scrutinize the plans and the process.

Already, concerns are being raised by some residents over the potential impacts of relocating the fire hall — traffic, cost and need are already topics of discussion among News Review letter-writers.

Make no mistake, a replacement fire hall will cost millions of dollars and have the potential to radically change a portion of downtown Sidney.

By making sure residents have every chance to have a say early in the process, Sidney is trying to ensure there will be buy-in when a final decision is made.

Just Posted

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Local leaders of all ages honoured at National Philanthropy Day event

Awards in six categories given to Victoria residents who are leaders in giving back

MLA invites community to weigh in on transportation issues in Sidney

Adam Olsen invites Peninsula residents to share questions, concerns at Nov. 24 gathering

West Shore youth looking to give back this Christmas

Chase Doucette will hand out bags of warm apparel to the homeless

Man arrested in Colwood sentenced for trafficking fentanyl

The man was arrested in February and has been sentenced to three years imprisonment

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Greater Victoria holiday craft fair roundup for Nov. 16 to 18

Check off all of the items on your shopping list at these great events

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 14

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Price makes 36 saves as Habs edge Canucks 3-2

Late goal lifts Montreal past Vancouver

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read