Invested in Safety: A New Fire Hall for Bowen Island
At its Regular meeting on March 13, Council gave first reading to a Loan Authorization Bylaw which is required to borrow the funds needed to build a new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) on part of Lot 3 of the Community Lands. This is the first step towards a Referendum this summer.
The final adoption of a Loan Authorization Bylaw will require electoral assent, which means that you - as Bowen Island residents and/or property owners - will have to give your permission for Bowen Island Municipality to borrow up to $3 million to build the new Fire Hall and Emergency Operations Centre.
What is a Referendum?
A Referendum is a popular vote used to obtain elector assent on a matter being proposed by a Municipality. The electorate is presented with a single question on a matter in which the Municipality has the authority to act.
A Municipality must abide by Part 4 of the Local Government Act when holding a Referendum. The elector guidelines for a Referendum are the same as those that apply in a Local Government Election.
Assent of the electors is obtained when a majority of valid votes are found to be in favour of the bylaw or question. If the bylaw or question fails to obtain the majority assent of the electors, then a Municipality must wait six months before it is permitted to hold another referendum on the same question or bylaw, provided that the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development approves.
When is the Referendum?
Council has given first reading to a Loan Authorization Bylaw at its regular meeting on Monday, March 13, 2017. Based on an estimated timeline for the process and provided that the Provincial Inspector of Municipalities approves the proposed Bylaw, referendum voting day will take place in July 2017.
How to get involved
Come to a Public Open House
Join us at one of the Public Open Houses planned for March 25, April 27 and June 10, 2017 where you will be able to ask questions and provide your feedback about the plan. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive notifications about the Open Houses.
Check this page regularly
We will continue to build the materials on this webpage in order to keep you informed on the progress of the project. Subscribe to our mailing list to receive updates by e-mail.
Send us your questions
If you have questions about the project, please send us an e-mail: InvestedInSafety@bimbc.ca