Hall seeks expansion

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department has requested a temporary addition to one bay of the fire hall

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Fire Department has requested a temporary addition to one bay of the fire hall be built to allow for the additional length of the new fire truck to be contained.

The addition is until such time as the fire hall is renovated to fully accompany the new vehicle.

“Basically, they have a new truck and no place to put it,” said Armstrong Coun. Paul Britton.

In a report to Armstrong council, city administrator Patti Ferguson said the fire department requested a heated, covered area for the new truck.

A temporary addition can be constructed at a price of $11,149.60 plus GST which would be shared by the city and the Township of Spallumcheen.

“This temporary structure will fit the bill for the fire department, allowing all apparatus that must be inside given that it either holds water or is susceptible to being wet at the end of a fire call,” said Ferguson.

The city voted in favour of spending its 50 per cent of the cost which does not include the price of the building permit nor any mechanical, electrical or painting quotes. For that reason, Coun. Ron (Sully) O’Sullivan voted against the motion.

“It’s not that I’m against this but I oppose it on general principle,” said O’ Sullivan. “The price does not include the permit or electrical so I expect it will be higher than $11,000.”

The city will reallocate funds from the existing budget toward the building of the temporary bay.

Spallumcheen council is expected to review the issue at its next regular meeting Monday.