Emergency services centre not in the budget for Summerside

Nancy MacPhee
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Summerside City Hall

A new emergency services centre for the City of Summerside won’t be in the 2016 budget, said Summerside Mayor Bill Martin.

Plans to construct a multimillion emergency services centre, which was hoped to house the city’s fire department along with ambulance services, were shelved in 2015, although the previous council said such a centre was a high priority.

That council had set aside $250,000 in its 2014 budget to begin the planning process for the new fire hall, including a facilities study, with the hope to begin construction in the spring of 2015. News the project didn’t meet eligibility requirements under the New Building Canada Fund put the centre on hold.

The mayor said the city, at this point, isn’t willing to borrow to fund the project.

“What we’re hoping to do is to attract partners to the project,” he said.

“We certainly haven’t exhausted all avenues, particularly now with the new federal government.”

We certainly haven’t exhausted all avenues, particularly now with the new federal government.” Summerside Mayor Bill Martin.

The budget planning process is still ongoing, and Martin wouldn’t hint as to what residents can expect in the city’s fiscal plan for 2016.

“All budgets where public funds are at risk need to be scrutinized very carefully. There is a perception and a misconception... that I personally campaigned on reducing the city’s debt. I did not. I campaigned on managing the city’s debt,” said the mayor. “All departments have a responsibility to be prudent and to be as efficient as possible. I actually have a staff here that is about half the size of a lot of other cities, a lot of other urban cities our size.”

The city runs a staff between 120 — at this time of year — to 160 in the summer.

Organizations: New Building Canada Fund

Geographic location: Summerside

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  • Summerside Resident
    January 08, 2016 - 07:41

    I followed your campaign and voted for you Iheard your election promises to release the Hopping Report in its entirity, Deputy Mayor GAllant aloso had that as a campaign promies on his dooor to dooor brochures. X Mayor would have had the New Emergency centre on its way, as his Council had $250000 budgeted and promised to build it. Bill Martin has shown his real side over the last yr. He was taken trips, hired a comedian at budget talks at a costs of $14000. No job from his 1000 number predicted. He admitted tro being over his head, so stown and save face. Mt Martin should know from business exoerience that being trughful snd accountable is valued. This Council has been in silent mode since day one.If Fire Services ----------require a new location, than build it

  • Shaun
    January 07, 2016 - 14:57

    The roads ain't plowed and no salt/sand either, on snowy days. No jobs yet as promised..still waiting on that spa to open up eh Bill?? You got the job Bill, now do it. We are waiting....

  • don
    January 07, 2016 - 12:15

    well bill you and the so called brains of the city high command. is making a very big mistake. but i guess it just proves money saved is more important the lives. but bill you of all people knows the longer you wait the higher the cost down the road.