Kaatza Historical Society gets go-ahead for Bell Tower addition

Council grants Kaatza Historical Society permission to proceed with Bell Tower addition but wants society to cover majority of the fees

The Town of Lake Cowichan has granted the Kaatza Historical Society permission to proceed with a 750 square feet addition to the Bell Tower close to the museum.

Back in May, Pat Foster from the Society said the addition would cost a total of $50,000 and council wants to see the society take the majority of that price.

At last Tuesday’s Finance and Administration Comittee meeting at the town hall, Coun. Bob Day made a motion to allow the addition “following local requirements and riparian area fees covered at the society’s cost.”

The motion was passed unanimously.

Day also asked if the society was going to pay the same fees as like any other developer.

“That will be determined by the building inspector,” said chief administrator Joe Fernandez in response to Day at the meeting.

Coun. Frank Hornbrook asked where the funding was going to come from, after his absence during Foster’s presence at the same committee meeting back in May.

“They have talked about raising all the money themselves,” said Mayor Ross Forrest.

“We should stipulate that as we are going to end up paying a maintenance cost at least. We need to make sure we are covering ourselves, the building requirements and all the bylaws.”

Fernandez will now seek confirmation on whether the footprint of the proposed addition is on town land.