Council Matters for March 1, 2017

The Regular Council meeting of March 1, 2017, began at 1:30 p.m. and wrapped up at 7:30 p.m.

Several Committee of the Whole recommendations related to the draft 2017 budget were brought forward. Council added $50,000 for the Cowichan Aquatic Centre operations, $50,000 for invasive species work in Somenos Creek, and $5000 for First Nations Engagement. The budget increase was spread evenly across all classes except for Light Industry (Class 5) which will receive a 2.5% decrease. The net impact will result in a 2.97% increase for all classes except Light Industry which will see a .63% decrease.

The scheduling of a new Public Hearing for the Kingsview Comprehensive Development Plan generated a good discussion. In the end, Council decided that the Hearing should be scheduled within 90 days, allowing more time for talks with Cowichan Tribes.

There was a vigorous debate on whether temporary election signs should be regulated on Municipal property. Council did not support the motion to regulate the signs and chose instead to maintain the status quo.

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