Earthquake considerations would have been nice for Saltair Community Centre

Earthquake considerations would have been nice for Saltair Community Centre

New building could have addressed that concern instead of standing out on a field

Earthquake shelter for Saltair residents is the Centennial Park field and a couple of containers by the toilets.

Director (Mel) Dorey and the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board have just finished forcing Saltair into a huge financial obligation of the 67-year-old former Mt. Brenton School (Saltair Community Centre) that does not qualify as a CVRD Earthquake shelter.

Did the CVRD Board fail to consider this after many residents pointed it out to them? Why is the CVRD Board not putting Saltair funds into a new purpose built building that would qualify as a CVRD earthquake shelter? Why did Director Dorey not stand up for a new building that Saltair residents and users would be safe in and for use in the event of an earthquake instead of the residents standing out in the elements on a park field?

What about all the people in the building in the event of an earthquake? If a new building was built, they would be safe but instead they may be trapped in the old building or worse.

I’m sure all Saltair residents and users of the old building would prefer to have a new building that meets the CVRD earthquake regulations.

Lynne Smith

Saltair