Archives for January 15, 2018
Oliver Theater. 70 year history of this iconic site. 302 seat, single screen theater has been run by the same family for 53 years. The building sits on a 0.138 acre corner lot at the north end of Main Street in the downtown.
At the back of the theater is a bright 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment and a single car garage.
There is a projection room, office, box office, concession, lobby, 2 washrooms, workshop, small stage suitable for conferences, seminars and select performances. The cinema is fully digital, 3D and there is a list of equipment included in the purchase price.
Anarchist Mountain Fire Department represented by Fire Chief Urs Grob
Headline: Local fire chief concerned that RDOS bylaw changes being rushed, consultation poor and authority misdirected.
Editor’s note – this is an important issue and the letter is controversial. In order to cover its backside ODN is publishing the complete letter. But the article is abbreviated if you wish to move on.
“Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed RDOS Bylaw 2792 which is intended to replace Bylaw 2566, 2011. The 2017 consultant review and resulting Fire Master Plan did recommend an eventual amendment to the current bylaw in order to design a more structured and standardized Fire Service.
The Anarchist Mountain Fire Department (AMFD) supports the intent of the Fire Master Plan, but there are concerns regarding the new bylaw which must be addressed prior to its approval. It is anticipated there will be a joint approach to the re-drafting of the bylaw.
There is no apparent reason for the bylaw to be rushed through the approval process with minimal consultation with the Fire Chiefs. The new Fire Safety Act has not been passed by the Legislature, so the bylaw will have to be amended as soon as the Act comes into effect. Additionally, a RDOS Fire Service governance framework must be promulgated to the Fire Departments so the command and staff, and operational and bureaucratic responsibilities, accountabilities and liabilities are clearly identified.
Below are the major elements of the bylaw which should be addressed:
1. Paragraphs 6-7 state the Designated Officer will administer, oversee and manage the Fire Service. Not stated is whether any of the liability borne by the Fire Chief will now be attributed to the Designated Officer. The Fire Chief must have the flexibility to respond to the specific needs, circumstances and public interest of his community. For example, wildfires from lightning strikes and motor vehicles are more numerous and of greater risk to the Anarchist Mountain community than structure fires, so a significant amount of the limited training time
must be allocated to interface firefighting.
2. Paragraphs 13-16 read like the justification for the establishment of an additional RDOS staff position rather than the content and intent of a bylaw. The Designated Officer’s required qualifications, job description and Terms of Reference should be promulgated soonest and certainly prior to the submission for approval of the bylaw.
3. Paragraph 17 states ‘The Fire Chief shall report to the Designated Officer…, with such frequency and containing such detail as may be considered by the Designated Officer as necessary or appropriate’. This is an imperious statement and not appropriate in a bylaw.
4. Paragraph 18 – the phrase ‘ the IC may, in his or her sole discretion’ over-rides the authority of the Fire Chief who is operationally responsible.
5. Paragraph 19 states the Fire Chief shall have operational responsibility and authority over the Fire Department, subject to the administrative direction and control of the Designated Officer. Bylaw 2792 definitions do not outline the authority and liability of ‘administrative direction and control’. Bylaw 2566, 2011 gave ‘the Fire Chief complete operational responsibility and authority … subject to the administrative direction and control of the CAO, or his designate’. There is a definite shift in accountabilities which should be clearly defined in the bylaw.
6. Paragraph 21 – the second part of the sentence after ‘RDOS’ should be removed as ‘without limitation’ is officious and redundant. [Read more…]