Lieut. Mark Overton, left, and Thomas Bernardino check equipment in fire trucks at Nanaimo Fire Rescue station No. 1. The alternative approval process allowing residents to register their opposition to city borrowing up to $17 million to build a new main fire station started Tuesday and will run until May 4. (CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin)

Alternative approval process for fire station rebuild underway

Process runs until May 4 for voters who wish to register opposition to borrowing bylaw

The alternative approval process to gain residents’ permission for the city to borrow money to rebuild fire station No. 1 started Tuesday.

The process gives eligible voters in Nanaimo 30 days to vote against fire station No. 1 borrowing bylaw 2018 No. 7257 that would allow the city to borrow up to $17 million, repayable over 20 years, to replace Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s station on Fitzwilliam Street.

RELATED: City will ask citizens for approval to borrow $17M for fire hall

Residents opposed to the bylaw may register their opposition by filling out a response form available at city hall. Forms can also be downloaded from the city’s website.

Each eligible voter is permitted one response. Completed forms must be dropped off or mailed to city hall by 4:30 p.m. on May 4. The city will not accept copies of forms or ones that are e-mailed or faxed.

To learn more about the process and who is eligible to submit a response, please visit www.nanaimo.ca/goto/AAP.

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