The following items were brought up during the Town of Lake Cowichan’s Tuesday, March 15, committee meetings.
The Cowichan Lake Education Centre (CLEC), currently in the midst of budget discussions, is in slightly better shape than it was last year.
“We’re not that much a head of last year’s,” CLEC manager Dalton Smith said, of this year’s numbers, thus far.
Numbers are up to $76,236 between January and March, up slightly from last year’s $74,603 from last year.
Lakeview Park Campground is up a bit more, Smith said, with $50,000 in bookings reported thus far; unusually high for this time of year.
Smith also reported that there’s quite a bit of public interest in Lakeview Park’s $50,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing and Social Development.
With an article in the Gazette on the grant made public the morning of council’s meeting, by the end of the day Smith had fielded four phone calls inquiring about employment at Lakeview Park.
• Reservation numbers for the Town of Lake Cowichan’s April 10 luncheon with the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities is ever-rising, mayor Ross Forrest told council.
The Town of Lake Cowichan’s elected officials plan on meeting with elected officials and representatives from various other communities along the Pacific Marine Circle Route in order to open up communications around its use for tourism.
“It’s being well-utilized,” councillor Tim McGonigle said, of the Circle Route.
“We’ve been getting a lot of people using the Circle Route,” Lakeview Park Campground manager Dalton Smith said, in agreement.
There’s no specific plan for this upcoming meeting, aside form opening up dialogue for further opportunities in the future.
• Mayor and council approved the 2011 grants in aid, totaling $5,000. The remaining $1,000 is being left over for inevitable late applications.