Council Matters for December 16, 2015

The December 16th Council meeting was a relatively short one, taking less than two hours. Paul Fletcher of the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society (SMWS) appeared as a delegation to talk about WildWings 2016. This fall festival, celebrating nature, wildlife, the arts and the beauty of the Cowichan Valley, has the potential to attract people from all over the world. At the January meeting, it is expected Council will consider a formal grant request of $3000 from the SMWS to support the festival.

Jane Sterk of the Cowichan Women Against Violence Society (CWAV) followed with an update on the Society's plan to develop a second-stage supportive and affordable housing project. Council agreed to provide a letter of support to CWAV for its grant application to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The letter of support will note that Council, in principle, supports using municipal land at the curling club site for the project. In addition, Council also directed staff to prepare a report outlining a site plan for the property and to consult with neighbouring organizations such as the Soccer Association and the Sikh community.

Taking the next step in the amalgamation study, Council appointed Councillors Maguire and Siebring to work with representatives Michelle Bell and Michelle Staples from the City of Duncan, to draft terms of reference for a citizens' assembly that will make recommendations on the scope of a study regarding the amalgamation of North Cowichan and Duncan.

Council approved 1537 Chaplin Street as the location for the new skate park in Crofton after receiving a report on the very positive public meeting held at the Crofton Community Centre. The project is planned to be built in 2016.

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Merry Christmas to you and your families!