North Cowichan’s council decided to cancel some summer meetings, but busy schedules mean the issue may be revisited. (File photo)

North Cowichan’s council cancels some summer meetings

But increased work loads may see issue revisited

North Cowichan’s council will cut back on scheduled meetings this summer, as it does every year, despite the concerns of some councillors.

With a municipal election next November, and the possibility of a referendum on amalgamating with the City of Duncan in the spring, Coun. Joyce Behnsen said she expects it will be a busier summer than usual.

“If both North Cowichan and Duncan are to have one council this fall, we will have a lot of work to do,” she said.

“We’ve been elected to meet the needs of the public so I think we should continue on with the meetings.”

FOR RELATED STORY, CLICK HERE

A staff recommendation called for the cancellation of council meetings scheduled for July 4 and Aug. 1, as well as those on Jan. 3 and Oct. 17, in 2018.

The meetings are usually cancelled each year, typically because they are scheduled to take place in less busy times of the year.

Coun. Al Siebring agreed that summer can be just as busy as the rest of the year in North Cowichan, and the agendas at the few summer meetings that are usually scheduled can be long.

“Some of our summer meetings run until midnight,” he said.

“I’m tempted to put those summer meetings back in.”

But Coun. Tom Walker said it’s difficult to predict council’s work load each summer.

“Cutting back on our summer meetings has worked well for years,” he said.

“If in May, we decide our work loads will peak during the summer months, then we can decide to put them back in. It seems to me that some councillors tend to get off track in our debates and that’s one reason why we have some lengthy meetings.”

Ted Swabey, North Cowichan’s new CAO, acknowledged that the municipality is entering an election year, and issues can get “more complex.”

“If council chooses to work through the summer and have those meetings, they can,” he said.

Mayor Jon Lefebure agreed.

“If we need those meetings, we can schedule them later,” he said.

The motion to cancel the meetings was passed, with Behnsen and Siebring voting against it.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Huge demand for spot prawns, limited supply for Cowichan

Most of the more than 200 boats harvesting spot prawns freeze their catch and ship it away.

Andrea Rondeau column: Positives on the environmental front

Does hearten me so many people concerned about future of environment they’re taking it to the polls.

Bantam B Thunder win a wild one

Cowichan comes home with gold from inaugural Comox tournament

Sarah Simpson Column: Airing out my dirty laundry

Last week I visited Mill Bay resident Judy van der Boom to… Continue reading

Snyder comes up big as Tigers mercy Red Sox

Pitcher clobbers a dinger to lock up mercy win

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

B.C. ferry stops to let bear swim past

Queen of Oak Bay brakes for wildlife in Nanaimo’s Departure Bay

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Vancouver Island MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Some of America’s greatest session musicians are coming to the Comox Valley this summer

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

Most Read