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RDEK approves funds for Hosmer Fire Hall assessment

The Regional District of East Kootenay will devote funding to assess Hosmer’s fire hall.

The motion was put forward by Area A Director Thomas McDonald, and will see $20,000 put towards the initiative.

It is really important to me, and I know to a number of residents in Hosmer, to have this assessment completed so that we fully understand the current condition and deficiencies with the existing Hosmer Fire Hall before proceeding further with plans for a new fire hall,” said McDonald.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure we are providing the best service for the Hosmer Fire Protection Service Area and this assessment is an important next step.”

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The motion was supported unanimously by the RDEK board of directors.

RDEK officials said staff will work on employing a consultant to complete the assessment and have a final report ready as soon as possible.

“We are also working on a communications strategy to help ensure residents can access information moving forward,” said McDonald.

A project page will be set up on the RDEk’s website, with a link available at the bottom of this article.

“A copy of the assessment will be posted on the project page once it has been completed and there will be ongoing updates as they are available,” said RDEK officials. “A Town Hall Meeting will be scheduled for this fall and the Hosmer Fire Hall will be one of the topics on the agenda.”

Funding for the assessment comes from the Area A portion of the Elk Valley Tax Sharing funds.

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