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The Pelican 8/1/08….

‘LBTS vice mayor pushes for a permanent contract’…Judy Vik…

The Pelican “loves” to refer to the LBTS-VFD as the “paid VFD”….is it reporter Vik or her editor that insists on the addition?….

A dig that has worn out its welcome….

Unless they are aware of some “deal” going on beyond the stated minimal payment for a fire call?….

Now that would be a story…and answer some questions this writer has been asked….

Especially after Ms Vik’s front page 7/25/08 story on the $4 million dollar Public Safety Complex budget….

(a follow-up is definitely required…where did that info come from? )….

Does the Vice Mayor get fees for “training” his VFD trainees?….

Is the Vice Mayor the primary or sole trainer for the VFD trainees?…

Does it bother anyone else to hear…a Vice Mayor…a VFD member…trainer….recent recipient of a “probable cause” finding for conflict of interest….when asked about continuing to ignore the Ethics Committee warning…to not cross the VFD/Commission line again…respond…

“They can’t touch us….we haven’t taken any money for a year!”…HEARSAY…..YIKES!

On the topic of the Referendum….

as previously posted….

Commissioner Dodd…”threw McIntee a bone”…pun intended on the same night of the demise of the doggy beach …

For it was the VFD …..many members themselves……that did not want a Referendum at this time…saying it was premature….

Commissioner Dodd listened to the VFD….McIntee…it appears…did not!….

The future of the Referendum….will be addressed again in November…again the timing will still be premature…as the VFD will only be re-instated for approximately 30 days….

BCbythesea….the need for a Referendum….at any point in time……..is not necessary…and a big gamble…if it ever passes the commission….

Most residents…supporters and non…..do not like a “lifetime” contract with anyone…

ESPECIALLY….a McIntee…private non- profit corporation…VFD….

A loss which would be either likely…or slimmest of wins….will just undermine…the VFD which has nothing to fear….with their future in this town…

as long as they do the job…keep the costs down…and are accountable!….

Where’s the fire?…..

Time to put this one out!…..

more to come….

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