Colwood councillor clarifies amalgamation action

Municipality does not plan to evolve into the CRD

Re: Colwood to gauge public’s taste for A-word (Gazette, July 12)

Concern was recently voiced to me by a resident regarding this article, that if we were to amalgamate we would turn into the CRD.

I feel it is important, as the councillor who brought the report forward to look at the opportunity of ‘working together better,’ that clarification regarding the motions supported is integral to the process and the open mindedness required to work through this with our community.

Colwood council has voted in favour of having a question on the 2014 ballot. What’s to be decided through public consultation is, ‘what will the question be?’ I believe we must approach this subject with an open mind. That means exploring all avenues of how we could work better together gaining, at the very least, efficiencies and cost effectiveness (or is the status quo the right model?).

Once we have the information from the analysis, then everyone will at least be able to make an informed decision. Secondly, a task force will be formed to support motion 1, and thirdly, staff will earmark $3,000 for advertising the public consultation.

There was at no time any reference to becoming the CRD.

Colwood Coun. Shari Lukens

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