Cumberland acting on K’ómoks wastewater request

Cumberland council voted 3-1 to consider participating in the investigation of wastewater infrastructure options.

Cumberland council voted 3-1 in favour of Coun. Roger Kishi’s motion to consider participating in the investigation of wastewater infrastructure options, as requested by the K’ómoks First Nation.

“We need to move forward on this,” Kishi said at last week’s meeting.

The band has new interests in possibilities concerning wastewater infrastructure expansions in the southern reaches of the Valley.

It has been given approval to investigate options through a public-private partnership, which Coun. Kate Greening “does not fully trust.” The partnership would include local governments interested in the potential for a new wastewater treatment facility in the Kensington Island Properties area of Union Bay.

Partnering with the KFN would not commit the Village to any financial obligations.

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Council voted in favour of a Coun. Conner Copeman motion to keep the Valley intact with regards to a proposed restructuring of federal electoral boundaries that would divide Courtenay into two ridings.

Courtenay council resolved to present to the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission its desire and need for the city to be considered a unified body represented by one electoral riding.

Kishi finds it strange to be “carving up the Comox Valley,” noting Cumberland would become part of a riding extending from the Village’s side of the Courtenay River to Tofino.

The commission head from the public Monday at Crown Isle.

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Despite the installation of water meters, data collected since February indicates consumption remains considerably high at some properties.

The previous council had approved mock billing, which was intended to provide homeowners an idea of how consumption will translate into actual costs. It was found, however, that rates could not be estimated without data. Council approved staff’s option of collecting data for another year, with billing to start in 2014.

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The Village and Trilogy Properties will each contribute $25,000 towards necessary repairs for a watermain chlorination project at Comox Lake Road.

The Village is having a difficult time maintaining a chlorine residual on the watermain that was installed to service the Comox Valley Economic Development Centre visitor centre.

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The volunteer fire department needs help with day shifts. It has lost a few members, rendering the Village less protected during the working day from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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In light of changes to rules concerning beer gardens, a Special Occasion Liquor Licences workshop will be held. It will involve staff and police.

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Dialect Communications Group designed the new Village website for $16,000 plus tax. The website, cumberland.ca, was officially launched Wednesday.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

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