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Town of Sidney to continue search for new Community Safety Building site following SD63 decision

Sidney, B.C.;  The Town of Sidney is continuing its search for an appropriate location for the proposed Community Safety Building to replace Sidney’s aging and seismically deficient Fire Hall, after Mayor Steve Price received notice from School District 63 Board Chair, Victoria Martin. Mayor Price was advised that the Board has resolved not to proceed with the land sale process on the Sidney Elementary School site during their Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 4th.

In response to the Board’s decision, Mayor Price stated; “The Town fully accepts and appreciates the quick decision by the School District regarding the potential site and I would like to thank Chair Martin for her prompt response in advising the Town of the Board’s decision. This allows us to now move forward and explore alternative site locations in a timely manner.”

Mayor Price also noted; “Perhaps most importantly, I believe that this process and discussion with the School District has truly illustrated the critical need for a new Fire Hall at a location that will best serve our community for the long-term.  The public discussion has also clarified and garnered consolidated support by our new Council regarding the vital importance of this project and the need to provide a seismically sound facility and training area for career and volunteer firefighters.”

Addressing the current condition of the existing fire hall and its challenging location in Sidney has been identified as a key priority by Council for 2015. Subsequently, the Mayor has instructed staff to immediately evaluate and consider alternative locations and bring them forward to Council as soon as practicable to discuss potential site opportunities along with identifying appropriate “next steps”.

Media Contact:
Mayor Steve Price
Ph: 250-656-1139
E: mayor@sidney.ca