Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) to Undertake Alternative Approval Process for Vernon Search and Rescue Service

Posted Friday, July 20, 2018

The Board of Directors, at their regular meeting held on July 18, 2018 approved moving forward to seek the approval of the electors through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) for the entire Regional District to establish a service and borrow up to $3.5 million dollars over a 20 year term for the Vernon Search and Rescue Service [VSAR].  If approved, the funds will be used for the acquisition of property and construction of a building for VSAR’s future needs.   It is estimated that the annual impact to a North Okanagan home assessed at $400,000 would be slightly less than $5 per year over 20 years. 

RDNO Board Chair, Bob Fleming, says “if approved, the funds will allow the VSAR service, through the Regional District, to acquire land and construct a building that will enhance the service that they provide for all of our communities. The service is volunteer based, with literally thousands of hours of volunteer time contributed annually by their members.  All of the communities within the RDNO rely on, and will benefit, from their service.”  

Mark Forsyth, Director and Search Manager with Vernon Search and Rescue says that “the VSAR is incredibly excited that the Regional District is moving forward with this project as the current space is woefully inadequate.  A new, purpose-built facility will provide Search and Rescue with the space required for our equipment so that we can respond quickly when required, as well as provide space for critical training for our volunteers.”

Information on the AAP process will be available on the RDNO website www.rdno.ca beginning Wednesday, July 25, 2018.