Council Matters for January 30, 2017

Council met on Monday, January 30, for a Special Meeting to replace the Regular Meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 1, which was cancelled to allow members of Council to attend a Local Government Leadership Academy forum.

We received three delegation presentations. Brian Carruthers, Chief Administrative Officer for the Cowichan Valley Regional District, appeared as a delegation to inform Council about the planned public consultation process regarding a Cowichan Watershed Service Establishment Bylaw. Joanne Sales followed with an update on the work of Broombusters to remove Scotch Broom in North Cowichan and nearby communities. The third delegation was a presentation by Russ Cameron of the Independent Wood Processors Association of BC, seeking Council's support for measures that would enhance the viability of their businesses.

Council supported the award of the Amalgamation Study contract to Urban Systems for $59,500 plus tax. The work that they do will support the Citizen's Assembly in their deliberations.

Council also supported the Youth Spaces Project at Kin Park and is inviting the City of Duncan, as co-owner of the park, to also support it.

Finally, the major item on the agenda was the Parks and Trails Master Plan, which was adopted with a minor amendment. This plan will serve to guide the Municipality for the next 15 years as we implement an ambitious system of recreational trails and parks for community use.

Thank you for reading Council Matters. If you would like to provide input on these or other issues within the Municipality, please email council@northcowichan.ca