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2012-12-14 at 10:42

LETTER: Why transfer TBRPEST?

Henry Wojak, Thunder Bay
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To the editor:

Citizens of Thunder Bay should be made aware of the conditions on the interest bearing loan of $572,040 that was made to the Thunder Bay Region Protective Emergency Services Training Facility Corporation.

Is Mr. Greg Alexander, the city’s manager of community and emergency services, not aware that in 2008 when TBRPESTC was advanced the $572,040 loan with interest, the city treasurer was to ensure the following financial controls were implemented and enforced:

  • The Fire Chief (or designate) will be the ‘Manager’ of the site.
  • Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue Service (TBFRS) shall maintain an on-going budget and prepare an annual budget for submission to, and approval of, the TBRPESTC.
  • The budget shall address operational costs, loan repayment and capital requirements, including reserves for future Asset Management.
  • It will be the duty of TBFRS to solicit, schedule and provide agreements or contracts for year round use of the training facility.

These financial controls apparently had such stellar results that the training centre’s financial situation are best described as muddied by Mr. Greg Alexander.

It makes one question the decision by Mr. Greg Alexander, why anyone in their right mind, would allow the Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue chief to handle the training centre including operations and future upgrading, when the city takes it over, in light of the information above.

Or why council would approve of having the title of the training center transferred to the city after the city’s financial controls proved so ineffective.

Henry Wojak,

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conker2012 says:
Many training centers across NA are on the same property of a fire hall. It is obvious that as the two former cities grow together, there will be a need for a central fire hall at some point. Since this location is already central and the area around it will likely become more populated with new businesses and or light industrial. A fire hall could one day be constructed on that site and service the central city area.

I am not talking in the short term, I would expect something like this to be 10-25 years down the road.
12/14/2012 2:00:33 PM
Tiredofit says:
So I suppose the city will be taking over ReGen Med sometime soon as well. I'm really, what's the difference, they owe US a ton of cash as well.
12/16/2012 10:08:50 AM
Vanity says:
Really someone (Mr. Alexander) or mayor should answer Mr.Wojak's question.
12/21/2012 11:50:06 AM
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