‘It’s re­ally a frus­tra­tion for us’

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Hantsport,” said Brad Car­ri­gan, the di­rec­tor of pub­lic works for West Hants.

“The build­ing has been run into a cou­ple time due to a lack of space so there is a safety is­sue.”

The brick chim­ney, lo­cated in the garage, is sep­a­rat­ing from the build­ing and has been se­cured to the struc­ture us­ing a chain and bolts.

In ad­di­tion, there are heat­ing, elec­tri­cal and light­ing is­sues listed for sev­eral of the build­ings.

Car­ri­gan noted the de­part­ment has held off on do­ing any up­grades in 2018 while the lat­est re­port was be­ing com­piled.

Hantsport res­i­dent and Coun. Rob­bie Zwicker said he was in favour of mov­ing for­ward with the com­bined project as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I think we’re def­i­nitely due to have some­thing in Hantsport,” said Zwicker, who served as the mayor prior to the town dis­solv­ing its char­ter and join­ing West Hants in 2015.

“I think we all should re­mem­ber, around this ta­ble es­pe­cially, if it wasn’t for the Hantsport Fire De­part­ment we would likely still be un­der the heel of the Wind­sor Fire De­part­ment,” he said. “They gave us a tremen­dous boost when we con­sol­i­dated (fire ser­vices).”

In 2015, West Hants coun­cil sev­ered ties with the Wind­sor Fire De­part­ment to cre­ate its own fire­fight­ing force, re­ly­ing on Brook­lyn and Hantsport vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments to carry the load pre­vi­ously cov­ered by Wind­sor. Since that de­ci­sion, sev­eral mil­lion dol­lars has been spent, with about $1.5 mil­lion be­ing put to­wards a sub­sta­tion in Three Mile Plains.

The cost for con­struct­ing a new com­bined build­ing in Hantsport is es­ti­mated to be $3,405,600. The re­port notes that the ex­ist­ing pub­lic works com­pound would be a suit­able lo­ca­tion for the com­bined project.

West Hants’ chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Martin Lay­cock told coun­cil­lors at the most re­cent com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing that about 25 per cent of the cost for the fire sta­tion portion would come from Kings County, due to the shar­ing of fire ser­vices. Ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial aid could be sought from Glooscap First Na­tion, which also ben­e­fits from the Hantsport Fire De­part­ment’s ser­vice.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, some coun­cil­lors asked ques­tions, some ex­pressed a de­sire to wait un­til af­ter a fire ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor is ap­pointed, and some wanted to know what im­pact the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s pend­ing con­sol­i­da­tion with the Town of Wind­sor would have on the project.

“Right now, as we ap­proach con­sol­i­da­tion, I won­der about the Town of Wind­sor, I guess, and how we can make sure we syn­er­gize ev­ery­thing imag­in­able,” said Coun. Tanya Leopold.

No mo­tions were rec­om­mended in re­gard to the con­struc­tion of a new pub­lic works/fire sta­tion build­ing. There was dis­cus­sion that coun­cil would re­visit the is­sue closer to the next bud­get.

CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UN­DER­HILL

Hantsport deputy fire chief Paul May­nard dis­cusses the tight quar­ters in the fire bay. The fire­fight­ers re­cently re­lo­cated their bunker gear, which was pre­vi­ously lo­cated in the main bay be­hind the fire trucks, to make it safer for fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to calls.

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