1.925 Emergency Communications (CREST) SSI
CREST annually sends the CRD a bill for the public safety radio system costs specific to the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area. The bill includes the annual cost of the radios used by the Electoral Area Fire Department, and a formula based cost for the provision of the overall radio communications network infrastructure. This service raises the funds to pay the CREST bill (see service 1.921 for more information on CREST).
In June 1999, in response to municipal discussions regarding the benefits of a unified system of inter municipal radio communications, the Province granted the CRD the additional power to review and make recommendations to appropriate agencies concerning the operation of emergency radio and electronic communications services for the Capital Regional District.
In July 1999, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 2701, Emergency Radio and Electronic Communications Systems Advisory Extended Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 1999. As a result of the work completed under this authority, in June 2000 the Province granted the CRD the additional power to provide an emergency communications service or to make contributions towards the cost of an emergency communications service operated by another person or organization.
In July 2001,with approval of all CRD Municipal Councils & Electoral Area Directors, the CRD Board adopted Bylaw No 2891, Capital Regional District Service of Emergency Communications Service Establishment Bylaw No 1, 2001, which established a service of emergency communications, including contributions towards the cost of an emergency communication service operated by another person or organization. The service continues to be provided by Bylaw No 2891. The CRD Board also adopted Bylaw No 2893 CREST Members' Agreement Bylaw No 1, 2001, which authorized the CRD to be a member/shareholder of CREST.
The CRD Board appoints one individual, representing the SSI Electoral Area, to the CREST board. The CRD Board also appoints a CRD Director, usually the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director, as a member representative to represent the CRD and vote at CREST shareholder meetings.
The budget for this service is established through an annual CRD Financial Planning process, and is funded by an annual property value tax levied in the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area.