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Council Approves Bylaw to Borrow Funding to Construct New RCMP Facility
July 16, 2020
(North Cowichan, BC) – After approving a proposed bylaw to borrow $48 million for a new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP facility, construction will now proceed in early 2021. Council sought elector assent to move forward with the proposed borrowing through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP), which began on June 12 and closed at 4:00 pm on July 14.
A total of 1,234 valid elector response forms were accepted in opposition to the proposal, which represented 4.6% of North Cowichan’s eligible electors. When seeking elector assent though an AAP, 10% of all eligible electors must oppose the proposed matter for Council to reconsider how to move forward. Since the 10% threshold was not reached, Council resolved to proceed with North Cowichan/Duncan Integrated RCMP Facility Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 3787.
“The new RCMP facility will be an asset to our community, and I am happy to see community support for this project. We will benefit from more efficient policing with more services operating out of a centralized location in the new integrated facility,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “I am looking forward to breaking ground on this project in the coming weeks and seeing our police members move into a building that better suits their needs,” he concluded.
For more information on the new RCMP facility, visit www.northcowichan.ca/RCMP.
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan