Cumberland council directed staff Monday to provide a report on the concept of green burials at the Village cemetery.
The motion follows a presentation from a local committee advocating green burials, where human remains are buried without embalming fluid in biodegradable caskets or shrouds.
There are three green burial sites on Vancouver Island.
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Council voted 3-2 in favour of a Kate Greening motion to include a minimum five-stage public consultation in a Request for Proposal for consultants for the review and revision of the Village’s Official Community Plan.
Greening feels the OCP process to date has not included enough public consultation, with too many items going to staff and council.
Couns. Roger Kishi and Conner Copeman did not support her motion.
“This whole thing is going to involve public input, believe me,” said Village CAO Sundance Topham, noting staff and council reviews comments from the public.
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Council approved a recommendation to award a contract for the Coal Creek well development and west Dunsmuir Avenue water main upgrades to Knappett Industries of Nanaimo for a tendered amount of nearly $870,000.
The contract is subject to Coal Valley Estates satisfying all requirements of its fourth-phase subdivision application, including its contribution to a funding agreement for the well.
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Council approved designs to be painted on four Telus boxes at Kendal Avenue and Third Street, Windermere Avenue and Egremont Street, and at Penrith Avenue and Third Street.
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Council authorized a street closure Oct. 6 to accommodate the Foggy Mountain Fall Fair, formerly called Blackberries, Apples and Bears.
The fair includes a celebration of Phase 1 of the Miners History Project at Cumberland’s museum. The project follows a series of exhibit and signage updates on the top floor of the museum.