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North Shore, Slocan Valley, Tarrys vote in favour of buying new fire trucks

The RDCK referendum asked residents’ permission to borrow up to $750,000 for each community
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The Regional District of Central Kootenay says new fire engines are needed for the North Shore, Winlaw and Tarrys departments. Photo: Submitted

Residents of three West Kootenay communities voted on Dec. 2 in favour of the Regional District of Central Kootenay borrowing for the cost of three new fire trucks.

The vote, held in the North Shore, Slocan Valley and Tarrys-Pass Creek fire protection areas, approved borrowing of up to $750,000 over 20 years for each community.

The referendum was notable for its low turnout and the strength of the yes votes.

On the North Shore, just 2.92 per cent of registered voters turned out. Sixty people voted yes and no one voted against.

In the Slocan Valley, 77 people voted yes and 24 voted no, in a voter turnout of 2.7 per cent.

At Tarrys and Pass Creek, there were 55 yes votes, 17 no votes and a turnout of 3.17 per cent.

The percentage of yes votes for each community were: North Shore, 92 per cent; Slocan Valley, 77 per cent; and Tarrys/Pass Creek, 72 per cent.

Active fire engines are required to be less than 25 years old. North Shore’s engine needs to be replaced in 2024, while the Tarrys and Winlaw engines must be replaced in 2025.

The new engines will be bought as a group to save costs.

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