North Saanich will get quotes from two more agrologists

Council decides to ask for more options on agrologist plan, monitoring of Sandown land

North Saanich will get two second opinions from agrologists on what it will cost to develop an agrology plan and monitor the land at the former Sandown race track.

Council voted 5-2 in favour of a motion to get quotes from two members of the B.C. Institute of Agrologists to watch the 83 acres of land. An original, similar motion by Coun. Conny McBride was amended by Coun. Dunstan Browne.

Both voted in favour of the action, along with councillors Elsie McMurphy, Craig Mearns and Ted Daly. Coun. Celia Stock and Mayor Alice Finall voted against it.

McBride said she sought “another quote because it’s a fair amount of money. … I’d like to have a second opinion.” Staff received a quote for an agrologist’s plan and monitoring to cost $27,00.

North Saanich resident Colin Ross banged his fist on the speaker’s podium, saying, “You guys have got to be absolutely crazy to drag this on and drag it out. Just get on with it, approve it.”