North Cowichan council met for about four hours during its regular meeting on Sept. 1.
During his mayor’s report, Al Siebring thanked Councillor Rosalie Sawrie for serving as mayor while he was on vacation, including input during the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s regional emergency operations centre on the Copper Canyon wildfire response. He also thanked all the firefighters, both from here and around the province, who continually work hard to keep everyone safe while giving up so much time away from their families.
Insp. Chris Bear presented the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment’s quarterly report for April to June 2021. He reported most property crime was down, but calls related to sexual offences, mental health, shoplifting and motor vehicle collisions with injuries increased.
Bear also presented the detachment’s 2021-2022 Annual Performance Plan. This plan was presented in May, but at the time council postponed consideration until after the completion of a GAP analysis of RCMP service. With the year more than half over, council approved the APP for this year, and has signaled that some of the items identified in the GAP analysis might be considered for inclusion in next year’s performance plan.
CVRD Emergency Program Coordinator April Diver, together with Chief Administrative Officer Brian Carruthers and General Manager of Community Services John Elzinga, provided a presentation on the Regional Emergency Response Program. The presentation included results of a review of emergency response across the region.
Council then voted to participate in a single regional Emergency Management Organization which will be established in a phased approach by the CVRD.
The Fire Protection Bylaw was referred back to staff for some amendments and housekeeping adjustments to wording.
The 2020 Community Wildfire Protection Plan was adopted. This updates a 2007 plan and identifies necessary measures and actions that will result in reducing the likelihood and impact of wildfires on property, critical infrastructure and future development.
Council voted to contribute $2,000 to the M’akola Housing Society for the Every Child Matters march taking place on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30. The contribution will go toward costs such as traffic control and flaggers.
Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at Vancouver Island University and the walk starts at 9:30. The route winds through North Cowichan’s South End, through Duncan and ends at the Cowichan Tribes soccer fields where participants will gather, sing and share stories.
The next council meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 1:30 p.m. It’s not on the usual meeting day due to the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.