No quick moves likely on weir as everyone wants to ‘do it right’, says Lake Cowichan Mayor Ross Forrest. (Gazette file)

Council briefs: Water projects under Lake Cowichan council’s eye in January

Speedy changes to the Lake Cowichan weir are unlikely

Speedy changes to the Lake Cowichan weir are unlikely, Lake Cowichan town council learned when they talked about it at their Jan. 16 meeting.

Valley politicians and others are discussing the watershed and how it must be managed in future, and the weir is part of that.

“Everybody is realizing that we all want things to happen right now,” said Mayor Ross Forrest. “But, if we don’t follow the proper process, mistakes get made. However, now, they’re doing it the right way, they’re making sure the proper steps are taken care of. A lot of [any decision about the weir] is going to be based on science rather than emotion. I’m sure everyone around this table has their feeling on what it should be. And we may be wrong. But they are taking time to get the scientific facts before they go ahead with stuff and I think it’s great that they are taking the time to get it right. That’s why we follow process.”

Lake Cowichan’s works superintendent Nagi Rizk, who is taking part in committee discussion, added, “There are residents on the committee as well as experts, technologists and all that. We have everybody. That’s why I’ve been happy with it. The atmosphere in that room is so good. There’s no butting heads or anything. It’s really quite positive.”

Watermain upgrade for Greendale Road proceeding on schedule

Work on the long-awaited watermain upgrade for Greendale Road is on schedule.

“There are some issues with the watermain on Rockland,” Ronnie Gill told council Jan. 9, “but other than that, it’s all good. We do have an extension [on the funding] on that one until March 31.”

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