City of Duncan’s council will discuss amalgamation with North Cowichan at a special meeting on Sept. 5

City of Duncan’s council will discuss amalgamation with North Cowichan at a special meeting on Sept. 5

Duncan’s council to hold vote on referendum timing on Sept. 5

Vote will help determine when amalgamation referendum to be held

The City of Duncan will hold a special council meeting at 5 p.m. on Sept. 5 to decide when it wants to hold the referendum on the amalgamation of Duncan and North Cowichan.

The vote on when to hold the referendum was tentatively scheduled for Aug. 21, but was postponed until Sept. 5 in order that all seven members of council could be at the table.

Council had debated whether to hold the referendum next spring or at the same time as the next municipal elections on Oct. 20, 2018, at its July meeting.

But a motion to hold it next spring was defeated due to a tie vote because councillor Michelle Staples was absent from the meeting.

North Cowichan’s council decided that it would rather hold the referendum next spring at its meeting in July.