Award goes to veteran Cumberland councillor

Comox Valley Regional District chair Edwin Grieve presented an award to Coun. Bronco Moncrief for 37 years of service.

Comox Valley Regional District chair Edwin Grieve presented an award to Coun. Bronco Moncrief, whom the Union of B.C. Municipalities recognized for 37 years of outstanding service.Grieve received the award on behalf of Moncrief — who was first elected as a Cumberland alderman in 1967 — at the UBCM convention last week in Vancouver. “Our most famous politician in the Comox Valley,” said Grieve, who also presented the former mayor with an amalgamated map dubbed Broncoville that includes Union Bay and Royston within Cumberland’s boundaries. • • •Acting CAO David Durrant has requested Trilogy president/CEO John Evans to review the CAYET design at the junction of the Inland Island Highway and the Comox Valley Parkway to conform with regional sustainable goals, particularly regarding lots 8B and 3.Both are to be serviced by septic tanks, which Durrant says are prone to failure and will eventually have a negative impact on adjacent wetlands. He proposes Lot 8B, which is zoned for up to 25 residential units, be rezoned to accommodate a greater number of lots. “In having more lots, the Village realizes additional property taxes, additional DCC’s and ensures the lands are being used properly; it is residential, but it needs higher density,” Durrant states.• • •The Village has asked the Municipal Insurance Association for direction about  how to proceed with future Big Time Out events. Earlier this year, council voted to deny a Cumberland Village Works application to hold the Aug. 12 and 13 music festival in the Village because of security concerns held by police and because event organizers failed to submit pertinent information, including security details, on time. This year’s festival was held at Ash Berry Farm in Royston.Despite the cancellation, Mayor Fred Bates thinks, “There’s potential solutions.” Durrant notes the Village received a letter Tuesday from the MIA. “We’re looking forward, not backwards,” he said. • • •Council voted 4-1 in favour of first reading of a cultural policy that will be presented to the public for input at an upcoming town hall meeting. Select members of the community contributed to the draft policy, which is intended to help preserve the multifaceted culture in Cumberland.Coun. Kate Greening, who feels the document needs more work with more people, opposed first reading.  • • •Council approved use of the CRI Hall in the event of inclement weather for the Remembrance Day celebration.   • • •If you missed the Wednesday session about the future of Village Park, the same presentation will be repeated at 6:30 p.m. at a second open house Thursday (Oct. 20) from 6 to 8 p.m. at council chambers. A master plan is being compiled that will guide development of the park. Public input is encouraged.

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