‘Wasted’ municipal money has Crevels running for Lake Cowichan council

Lake Cowichan’s Hubert Crevels has never tried running for office before but what he’s seeing around town lately has been the impetus for a campaign.

"I’m concerned about council wasting money; all those traffic islands and so forth when there’s stuff to be done."

There are far more important things to be spending the money on, he said.

"Well, there are sidewalks that are losing their edges; lots of older people in this town have trouble walking on those sidewalks. They have deteriorated badly," he said.

"I also have heard of quite a few waterline breaks and sewer repairs are going on all the time. They keep on breaking and have to be replaced but instead council puts down traffic islands.

"I have no objections to the roundabout but those islands, they are too much."

Crevels has some projects he’s hoping to get his teeth into if elected.

"The town boat launch has been broken for about a year and a half. The concrete under water is completely broken up so when people back up their boats, suddenly boom! There’s goes the trailer.

"We need to look at it right away because this town lives on tourism and if tourism goes we will lose even more," he said.

Another thing he would like to see is the removal of a lot of four-way stop signs on side roads.

"Most of the four-way stops in this town don’t make sense. We don’t have the traffic for all of them. I would like to replace them with yield signs," he said.

He also thinks that, if Lake Cowichan’s speed limit is 40 km/h on the main street, it should be all over town with a sign at the entrance to the community so everyone knows the score.