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RDCK tight lipped about North Shore Fire Hall negotiations

Claire Paradis
By Claire Paradis
January 21st, 2018

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is staying tight-lipped for the moment about on-going North Shore Fire Hall lease negotiations.

RDCK Area F Director Tom Newell confirmed that the lease expired on July 1, 2017, but would not comment on the state of negotiations.

“It’s just at the stage right now where I can’t say any more. It will all be public later,” said Newell about the negotiating process.

But the RDCK is not considering other locations for the fire hall and is motivated to hammer out an agreement, Newell acknowledged.

“We really want this location,” he said.

“Because of the legal requirements around distance from a fire hall, we want this to happen. We’re working hard to make the agreement happen.”

The North Shore Fire Hall, built in the 1980s, is located approximately six miles north of Nelson at 2703 Greenwood Road and is one of the 18 operated by the RDCK.

When asked what kind of amounts of money are being discussed for the lease, Newell wouldn’t comment.

“That I won’t comment on,” Newell said. “Due to the legal restrictions, that is something that will be discussed by the board in camera.”

The director told The Nelson Daily that the RDCK Board is busy negotiating with the land owner and have hired support staff to help with the technical details, which are many.

“There’s just a massive amount of details as part of the negotiations,” said Newell, “I mean, you need water, you need sewer, you need access, you need to agree on the price, agree on any outstanding issues from the last agreement.That’s part of any commercial purchase.”

The Area F Director also said the Board will be letting the public know the results of the negotiations as soon as possible.

“It’s not a secret, it’s important to know it’s happening,” said Newell. “There will be more news to share and I’ll be happy to when it’s public.”

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