Council Matters for November 15, 2017

On November 15, the agenda before Council was brief and the meeting wrapped up in just under an hour. 

The meeting began with two delegations, the first from the Cowichan Intercultural Society. This organization has been doing great work in the community for over thirty-five years, and continues to grow. They spoke about their search for a new location, and their ongoing capital campaign to help reach this goal. Next we heard from the BC Forest Discovery Centre about their exciting new projects and recent achievements. With much success and growth over the past few years, they are on track to soon being Vancouver Islands third biggest admissions attraction (after Butchart Gardens and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria). 

Council made some decisions around the 2018 Council meeting schedule, and requested further staff reports regarding the implications of not spending the budgeted $25,000 on carbon offsets in 2018, and another report on the possibility of increasing development fees. 

Council, along with the City of Duncan, accepted the tender from Munro Thompson for the Amalgamation communications consultant. The consultant will begin work in the New Year to present unbiased information to the public prior to the amalgamation referendum taking place in spring 2018. 

There was some discussion at the end of the meeting around the ongoing topic of odour from Coast Environmental in Chemainus. Staff confirmed that this issue lies under the jurisdiction of the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). If you happen to experience an offensive odour from Coast Environmental, you are encouraged to fill out the CVRDs online Odour Nuisance Complaint Form, which is the only way to capture accurate odour data. If you have additional questions on this matter, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions document that staff has prepared.

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