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N. Cowichan residents to vote on amalgamation question

Voters in North Cowichan will be asked in November what they think of amalgamation with the City of Duncan.

North Cowichan municipal council agreed April 16 on a slightly modified plebiscite question from the one the City of Duncan has chosen, according to Mayor Jon Lefebure.

"The city had included ‘amalgamation or restructuring’," he said.

"That was pertinent to their situation in Duncan because they are involved in one boundary expansion exercise already and for them there could be more. But for North Cowichan, there was seen as no need to in any way complicate the plebiscite so it was the same motion but without ‘and restructuring’.

So it is just the straightforward: North Cowichan and City of Duncan: are you willing to spend."

Lefebure also added that there is not money available right now to do the study of the costs and benefits of amalgamation.

Decision on bylaw complaint to wait for bylaw review

Because of complaints by residents, the subject of the storage and use of commercial vehicles in residential areas has come before North Cowichan municipal council but any decisions on it will have to wait a bit longer, councillors decided Wednesday, April 16.

"Staff advised council that it could affect several zones and since we were in the middle of a zoning bylaw review that it would be best to have staff review it as they did the zoning bylaw review," Mayor Jon Lefebure said.

"So, we’re expecting to have results from the zoning bylaw review within the next six months and at that time there will be a recommendation from staff on whether or not there should be any changes to that part of the zoning bylaw.

Apex wins bid for new Lake Cowichan Town Square

Lake Cowichan council awarded the $ 431,455.64 contract for the Town Square project April 22.

The winning bid was Apex, and the project is to be completed as stipulated in the design drawings, council decided.

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