I have followed the discussions and presentations regarding the new fire hall proposal and feel the need to make some comments to you, my fellow Crestonians.
I feel that the new fire hall is not as much about now or the next 5 years or so but for those that come after us. I don’t think any of us want our new fire hall to be redundant in 10 or 20 years because we skimped on necessary facilities. That is why we have to go first class now, with room for expansion and development of and use of new technologies as they appear.
We have to provide a good working environment for those who work and volunteer for the betterment of our lives. I feel we should have no hesitation to provide a safe and reasonably comfortable workplace for, in this case, the firemen and volunteers who are willing to put their health and lives on the line of us.
I think many of us have been nearsighted, thinking like some of those South of us when Obamacare was discussed: “It is a good idea but I don’t want it to cost me!” The new fire hall as originally proposed would cost my household $30 per year. How about yours?
It has been mentioned that the Recreation Centre hasn’t been paid for yet. Is everything about money? I would suggest that the benefits like the swimming pool and exercise rooms and track not to mention a suitable place to hold meetings, dances and other social events for us and the surrounding community far outweigh the cost. A Red Herring to draw us away from serious thinking about what kind of town we want our descendants to grow up in. That will be our legacy (all of us, even you in your thirties and forties) – leaving our house in good order as we pass it on to the new generations to come.
Sheila Barling | Creston, BC