Council Matters for March 2, 2016

Council met on March 2, 2016, for a Regular Council Meeting.

Joanne Sales appeared on behalf of Broombusters as a delegation. She made a strong presentation on the need to control the spread of both broom and gorse, and that the most effective way to destroy the broom is to cut it when it is in full bloom at the base of the plant and to not disturb the soil (i.e. do not pull broom out of the ground).

Bylaw 3611, which will create a Local Area Service to extend the Municipal water service along Drinkwater Road, received three readings. The developer will construct the water service to Municipal standards at an estimated cost of $1.1 million. The Municipality will contribute $325,500 and will implement latecomer protection, so that water can be provided to other properties in the area.

Pre-budget approval was granted for the purchase of two custom-designed all-terrain fire and rescue vehicles for the North Cowichan Fire Department. The estimated $66,000 will come out of the Fire Apparatus Reserve Fund.

Council reviewed the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Annual Performance Plan. Priority issues were categorized as:

1. Police/Community Relations;
2. Property Crimes - Mischief;
3. Domestic Violence;
4. Prolific Offenders Management;
5. Traffic - Impaired Driving, Speeding, and Distracted Driving; and
6. Aboriginal Policing.

During discussion of the Plan, Council made the additon of Distracted Driving to Priority #5 (Traffic) and the Plan was supported.

Finally, Council decided to send a letter to the Attorney General advising that the North Cowichan/Duncan Detachment is still interested in participating in the Vancouver Island Major Crimes Unit, or similar organization, and requesting that the Minister provide an update on a possible funding formula to enable this service.

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