The Year Ahead: Capital projects top list

A few major capital projects stand out as priorities for Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest as 2016 is ushered in.

A few major capital projects stand out as priorities for Lake Cowichan mayor Ross Forrest as 2016 is ushered in.

“One of the hopes for next year is that we do our town hall renovation, which is planned and hopefully it gets off the ground and gets started soon,” Forrest said. “More on a town/regional level, I really want to see additional storage for the lake, for the weir, so we aren’t dealing with our summer water problems that we have been for the last few years,” he added. “It would be nice if all of us didn’t have to go on water restrictions all summer long every year. Wouldn’t that be nice for all of us?”

On the topic of water, Forrest said his hope is to receive funding for a project that would help to prevent future boil water advisories. It’s hard to predict the outcome of that grant application, though.

“We’ve applied for a grant for secondary water treatment, but it’s not in our hands right now,” he said. “We definitely need a grant to be able to do that so hopefully that will be able to come to fruition.”

Another hope is for the Lake Town Ranch project proposed for Meade Creek to pass.

“It would be a big benefit for the community, I think,” he said.