Council Matters - April 1, 2015

On April 1, the Regular Council meeting began with a delegation led by Dr. Hasselback, Medical Health Officer. He presented the 2013 Local Health Area Profile - Cowichan. Of the many statistics presented, it was notable that there is a much higher rate of children in need of protection than the BC average.

On a more positive note, Council announced that one of the Chemainus ball fields would be renamed the Larry Irving Field, in honour of the memory of one of our greatest volunteers. For over five decades, Larry Irving was a tireless supporter of baseball in our area.

Council agreed to sign the Cowichan Aquatic Centre Equal Access Agreement with the Cowichan Valley Regional District's Area 'E' (Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora), subject to an Electoral Approval Process being conducted for an increase in its service contribution to $49,000 in 2016. This number would more accurately reflect user statistics at the Aquatic Centre.

After the most difficult discussion of the day, Council then reviewed an application for Non-Farm Use on a rural property located in the Agricultural Land Reserve, which would have permitted the property owner to import a significant volume of fill (gravel) materials and store logging trucks on their agricultural property.  Council ultimately decided not to support the application to store the logging trucks, but did agree to forward the application for the fill materials on to the Agricultural Land Commission for its consideration.

Council directed staff to take the next step in funding an Asset Management Plan. This plan will be key to determining the state of our infrastructure, and establishing an adequate level of capital funding in the annual budget to maintain it.

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