Comox Valley municipalities will be heard in CVEDS review

Input from Comox Valley municipalities and electoral areas will be considered in a review of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society.

Input from Comox Valley municipalities and electoral areas will be considered in a draft scope of work regarding a service and performance review of the Comox Valley Economic Development Society (CVEDS), the regional district board voted Tuesday.

Comox director Tom Grant and Courtenay representatives Starr Winchester and Bill Anglin opposed the recommendation stemming from the last committee of the whole (COW) meeting.

The society is due for a performance and service review every five years. Both reviews were to have been conducted in 2012 by an independent consultant, for which $25,000 is budgeted.

At the Feb. 12 COW session, Grant motioned to delay the reviews until the end of 2014. He was supported by Winchester, Anglin, and Courtenay directors Manno Theos and Jon Ambler. The motion was narrowly defeated in a weighted vote.

Grant said a new strategic plan has yet to be approved by the CVEDS board. He suggests CVEDS would have sufficient time to develop the plan if the contract and service reviews were delayed until December 2014.

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A $120,000-plus contract will be awarded to Leighton Contracting to construct a multi-use trail on Hawkins Road by Goose Spit.

Area B director Jim Gillis said the trail will connect McDonald and McLean parks, enabling a greater number of people to get on their bikes and off the roads.

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