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An Invitation to Serve Your Community

    Fire News    March 8, 2018

Election time for the Fire Board is upon us, and I would like to invite you to consider serving your com-munity as a Trustee. The Board generally meets once a month. Trustees also staff the various standing committees along with members of the public. The term of office is three years.

The roles of trustees are: to represent their community, to be stewards of the improvement district, to make policy, and to enact by-laws

There are four requirements:

1. You must be a Canadian citizen.
2. You must be 18 years of age or older.
3. You must be a registered voter.
4. You must be a property owner within the improvement district.

To give you an overview of the responsibilities of Fire Trustees, this excerpt from the Improvement Dis-trict Trustee’s Handbook may be helpful:

There is an expectation of improvement district trustees that they will make informed, transparent deci-sions.

However, when a person is elected to be an improvement district trustee, it does not necessarily follow that they have all the knowledge to make informed decisions on every aspect of the improvement district’s business.

Many decisions made by trustees require an understanding of legislation, insurance, property assessment, meeting procedures, basic water systems design, water quality standards, fire protection, labour rela-tions, and bylaw enforcement. Learning about these issues is often an ongoing process for improvement district trustees.

To these, I would add that an an ability to understand financial and human resources information is use-ful as well as welcome.

If you are intrigued by a challenge and like working on a team to build consensus, becoming a Trustee might be the perfect opportunity for you to help make Salt Spring even better.

Interested? The nomination period for three Trustee positions is open until March 16, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please call Andrew Peat, 250-537-2531

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