Water rose quickly at the boat ramp last year and by October there was no chance to get the repairs done. (Lexi Bainas/file)

Water rose quickly at the boat ramp last year and by October there was no chance to get the repairs done. (Lexi Bainas/file)

Lake Cowichan council briefs

From soccer posts to recycling, council’s been on it

The long-awaited repair of the boat ramp on North Shore Road was scheduled to begin in late August while the lake level was still low, Lake Cowichan councillors learned at their Sept. 4 meeting.

It’s been a while since they started talking about it but they’ve had to wait for just the right combination of lake level and weather window to get the job done.

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The Town of Lake Cowichan has awarded Waste Connection of Canada the five year contract to pick up recycling in town.

The annual cost will be $33,403 ($2,784 per month) starting in 2019, rising to $37,657 ($3,138) by 2023.

Waste Connection estimates that it makes 1,313 pickups on every run.

The company was the only one to bid, and the price is “reasonable”, said Lake Cowichan CAO Joe Fernandez in recommending council accept the bid. There has been no increase in the costs of this collection for four years, he added.

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The Town of Lake Cowichan is investigating the cost of soccer goal posts since the new Dobie Somerville Field is now ready to play on.

They will take a look at a staff report at an upcoming Finance and Administration Committee meeting.

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Dalton Smith, manager of the Cowichan Lake Education Centre, told councillors Sept. 4 that he and his crew have had a busy and successful summer at Lakeview Park campground, where the rush is now winding down for the shoulder season.

“It’s been extremely busy. We’ve had about 20,000 people visits,” he said.