In April 2017, Houston Today reported on the Houston Search and Rescue (HSAR) presenting to District of Houston council their proposal to construct a command centre behind the District of Houston office to store equipment, facilitate training to HSAR members, and to easily coordinate with the Houston RCMP detachment and Houston Volunteer Fire Department.
On June 6 at the District of Houston council meeting, district staff asked for council to approve the preparation for a lease agreement for a 168 square meters lot for five years from August 1, 2017 until July 31, 2022 in the amount of $1.00 per year.
“[HSAR] is requesting council to consider putting in a building, at their expense, behind our district office here,” said Michael Glavin, Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Houston.
Glavin reviewed the proposal with district staff, the Houston RCMP department, social services, the Houston Volunteer Fire Department, and forestry.
“We all agree that that is an ideal location for this facility, as the synergy created by having HSAR who work with these agencies closely,” said Glavin.
Glavin added that there with this building proposition there would still be lots of area still parking as well as turning around of vehicles, and existing trees would not be harmed.
Houston council agreed to direct district staff to prepare the lease agreement, to advertise a notice of the disposal of the property for the proposed building, and to allow the mayor and chief administrative officer to execute the agreement after the notice period.