Larry Jangula’s name will appear on the Nov. 15 election ballot as he seeks a second term as mayor of Courtenay.
Ongoing issues he would like to see resolved include the Braidwood supportive housing proposal on the east side of town, and a contentious court case between the city and owners of the Maple Pool campsite on Headquarters Road.
Jangula also harbours concern about the downtown core. He has advocated for a multiple zoning area at the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities and at the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
“So we could have commercial places that would pay maybe a multiplier the same as a house, which is one, and some that would pay maybe as high as four or five.”
He notes the vacant theatre property on Fifth Street.
“Everybody in town would love us to do something about that piece of property. But we’re very limited in what we can do. We can’t afford to buy it for three times what it’s worth using municipal tax dollars. And we can’t force them (owners) to clean it up or fix it up, so that might be the only way to get some action on something like that.”
Jangula is a retired RCMP officer who served three terms — nine years total — on Courtenay council before running for mayor. He ousted Greg Phelps in the last election.
To date, no one else has entered the mayoral race.