Mayor Rod Peters. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan council briefs: seniors facility, public comment, trail funding

Lake Cowichan town council will sit down with a group of elder care enthusiasts

Lake Cowichan town council will sit down with a group of elder care enthusiasts to talk about the possibility of building a facility on a piece of town-owned property.

A letter from Don Beldessi and Wayne Stinchcombe explained to the new council that previously a select committee had looked at the idea, then on Aug. 21, 2018, the committee became a registered incorporated society.

“Our group had previously requested and received a list of town-owned properties from the Advisory Planning Commission. Their list, dated June 28, identified four properties,” they said, adding that they’d like to look at one particular piece of land.

“We request permission to enter into discussions with the Town Council regarding our procurement of the above identified property whether it be by gift, land lease, mortgage, or other mutually agreeable terms,” they said.

Council decided to receive the letter and discuss it at a later date.

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Council meetings now have a new twist: members of the public can comment during the meeting on items discussed on that agenda.

A space halfway through the meeting has been set aside for this chance to hear from town residents. It follows a similar practice that is a successful part of North Cowichan council meetings.

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Mayor Rod Peters, who is the Town’s representative on the Island Coastal Economic Trust, said there is money available for non-profit groups who are interested in improving trails in their communities, something he thinks might be of interest to those working on Cowichan Lake’s trails.

Anyone with ideas about projects should contact him for information about applying for the funding, he said at the Dec. 4 public works and services meeting.



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