Ford Road frontrunner leaves door open for potential marshland sale

Now that the Ford Road site is the frontrunner for the new North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, Councillor Al Siebring is eyeing the disposal of one of the other police station site options.

He’s looking to sell the municipally owned property on the north side of Beverly Street between the Trans Canada Highway and York Road – otherwise known as Option A. Siebring thought the proceeds of the sale of the 4.4-acre parcel could be put towards the $1 million price tag North Cowichan will need to pay for the Ford Road land.

"Presumably it has value to somebody.

Let’s get some money back here," he told council. "I think we owe it to ourselves and to our community to see if we can recover some money from this pot and put into that pot."

Coun. Kate Marsh wasn’t so sure about the idea.

"I think it would be nice to give some peace to the people who have been working for ages to keep that floodplain at its best and highest use and to try to increase its biodiversity," she said.

"Let’s leave well enough alone." Mayor Jon Lefebure noted it would be unwise to sell off the asset prior to the completion of the Ford Road purchase, expect to occur by April.

Siebring maintained all he wanted was for staff to compile a report outlining the pros and cons of selling the property.

Nothing was written in stone, he said.

Council agreed to request the report.