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Costs nearly double for fire vehicles: SCRD briefs

Also, roofing project for Sunshine Coast Arena approved and syíyáyá delegation rescheduled.
Briefs from the June 9 SCRD meeting. File photo

Briefs from the June 9 Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) meeting:

The board endorsed purchasing replacement three-quarter tonne pick-up truck style command vehicles for the Gibsons and Halfmoon Bay volunteer fire departments at costs almost double the budgets set. 

Each truck will cost $131,548. The budgeted amounts of $73,900 and $84,900 respectively will be topped up with funds from the operating reserves from each of the departments.  

At a committee of the whole meeting held earlier that same day, Gibsons Fire Chief Rob Michael explained that the vehicles being ordered are well-suited for wildfire response as well as regular department operations. He noted that a portion of the operational funds that will be used in the purchases were generated through compensation for assisting with provincial fire fighting efforts.

The trucks will be supplied by HUB Fire Engines and Equipment Ltd. The staff report provided to the committee indicated that firm met the specifications required and provided the “best value."

Michael said that due to supply chain issues, no delivery dates for the new pieces of equipment could be provided.

New roofing on Sunshine Coast Arena

Sections of the Sunshine Coast Arena roof will be replaced at a cost of $125,740 plus GST with the project slated to be complete by the end of August. The board approved the award of a contract to Metro Roofing and Sheet Metal to renew the Sechelt building’s roof membrane, update metal flashings, and install sloped roof insulation to improve drainage over the workshop, zamboni room and refrigeration plant space. According to a staff report, the roofing had “been deteriorating over time and had reached the end of its serviceable life."

syíyáyá delegation rescheduled

As she called the meeting to order, Chair Darnelda Siegers noted representatives of the syíyáyá Reconciliation Movement were not available to speak at the meeting as scheduled. She said that the potential for SCRD participation in the group’s reconciliation crosswalk project and related events would be discussed at a future meeting.