Resolve to have your say in 2012

The Town of Lake Cowichan’s public meeting on Jan. 16 is an excellent opportunity for you to come out and have your say.

The Town of Lake Cowichan’s public meeting on Jan. 16 is an excellent opportunity for you to come out and have your say in  the community’s affairs.

In The Gazette’s coverage of regular council meetings once a month, I only ever see a small number of individuals — often only one or two stragglers — who show up to take in the proceedings and ask the mayor and town councillors questions afterwards. It would for surely be nice to see more involvement at these meetings and hopefully the public forum will spark more interest.

Town Council is quite fond of the idea of having more public involvement in their meetings so they can gauge a feel for what direction the town wishes to move in. Feedback is what Town Council craves so why not give it to them.

It is fantastic that Town Council holds a public forum twice a year to gain direct input back from Lake Cowichan’s citizens. Not only does doing this show that they care what the town’s residents are thinking, it also demonstrates how non-transparent they are as politicians.

Council will speak on a number issues like the new library, reconstruction of South Shore Road and the recently passed referendum banning fluoride from the town’s water supply but other issues brought forth by the public are likely to surface, as well.

Members of the Victoria-based architectural firm appointed to build the new Library, Chow Low Hammond will be in attendance. Through a presentation, Chow Low Hammond will give Lake Cowichan citizens a first-hand glance at what the new library means for the community and the Cowichan Lake-area.

Chow Low Hammond’s presentation of the building plans to Council during a meeting in November  was overly impressive and will be a must-see for the town’s reading enthusiasts during the public meeting on Jan. 16. For for information on Town Council’s public meeting and to see an architectural drawing of the proposed new library see the full story on page three.