Council Matters for December 2, 2015

On December 2, a Special Council Meeting was held at 12:30 p.m. to present a Freedom of the Municipality Award. Former Councillor George Seymour, who served for 15 years on North Cowichan Council and 9 years on the CVRD Board, became only the tenth recipient of this award in the 142-year history of the Municipality. Mr. Seymours many contributions to the community include work on the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, two Official Community Plans (2002 and 2011), a financial support plan for the Cowichan Theatre, the construction of the Vancouver Island Regional Library addition at the Island Savings Centre, and the long term funding plan for our regional share of a new Cowichan District Hospital.

The Regular Council Meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. and continued until 6:45 p.m.

Council received two delegations. Staff Sergeant Marsden was up first with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Quarterly Report. The RCMP is facing a staffing challenge at this time with officers due to transfers and various forms of leave, while at the same time experiencing an increase in caseloads. Social Planning Cowichan followed with a presentation of their annual report and an update on the highly successful Cultural Connections program which has become a critical step in reconciliation with local First Nations.

Council member appointments to Committees, external bodies, and Acting Mayor were adopted. As a result, Councillors Marsh and Walker, and the Mayor will be CVRD Board Directors for one year.

The Community Energy Management Plan was approved in principle, with the understanding that staff will be looking closely at the impact of some of the funded programs to ensure they meet the objectives of the Climate Action and Energy Plan. On the corporate energy side, the plan for energy-saving measuresincluding LED lighting for facilities and streetlights, a new HVAC system for the Fuller Lake Arena, and a solar hot water heating project for the Cowichan Aquatic Centrewas also approved.  It is expected these projects will reduce municipal energy use by 300,000 kwh and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

This holiday season, the Municipal Hall will be closed from Thursday, December 24 at 2:00 p.m., until Monday, January 4 when we will open at 8:30 a.m.

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