Council Matters for March 16, 2016

Council had a unusually light agenda for its meeting on March 16.

Of interest was an amendment to the Waterworks Bylaw revising the watering restrictions. In response to concerns about having to water in the dark, permitted watering times during stages 1-3 of water use restrictions have been changed to 7am 9am or 7pm 9pm.  Another modification is the addition of weeper hoses to the definition of micro-irrigation, also prompted by feedback from our citizens. These revisions will match those of other local governments in the Cowichan region.

The Provincial Government is in the midst of the Climate Leadership Plan consultation process and the Environmental Advisory Committee was quick to dig into the draft Plan and to provide comments on it. Generally, the committee was in favour of the Plan's 32 recommendations and also made some further suggestions, including support for the expansion of the carbon tax program. Council agreed with the Committee's comments and they will be forwarded to the Province for consideration.

Finally, there was a very interesting discussion on the possibility of amalgamating the Crofton, Chemainus, and South End water system entities into one local area servicecombining water user fees and parcel taxes to recover the costs of operating, capital, and debt. Council postponed any further action on the idea until the Strategic Priorities session this fall.