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Editor: Enough is enough is enough. I attended Monday’s council meeting to see first hand what the mayor would do with the now infamous Water Management Plan, the plan many of us have been railing against since it’s introduction around Nov. 1.
Well I guess they have heard — to a point. However to the residents of the Township, I say this — don’t let down your guard, the fight is not over.
When this draft was introduced, it clearly set out the principles and process to be followed which included only two open houses within a two-month period, as they had a time frame set of Dec. 31, before dealing with public input and moving onto the implementation phase.
I observed only Councillor Kim Richter trying to slow down the process and seek more public input. Her motion was defeated. At least Councillor Richter had the wherewithal and intuition to know how the community would react.
At Monday’s council meeting, I observed the mayor deny the issue of a proposed deadline for this Water Management Plan and try to backpedal faster than humanly possible. This is another example of the mayor trying to rewrite history, as I recall. It is similar to what he tried to do on the full-time firefighter issue.
I believe this is a habit he brought over with him from the bureaucracy, from his days as a planner. Well Mayor Alberts, you should read the Draft Plan again.
On page 2, it states on July 14, 2006 a Ministerial Order was signed by Environment Minister Barry Penner which defines and sets out the terms of reference, specifies the reasons, issues and purposes for the plan and establishes a completion deadline. I am sure the residents of the Township would like to be made aware of exactly what that deadline and timeline is for implementation.
Remember this is a Ministerial Order specifically relating to the Township and its Water Management Plan. This plan has been in the works since November of 2004. In its own words: “The B.C. Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and Lands and the Township of Langley are collaborating to develop a Water Management Plan to address the pressing groundwater issues in the Township.”
It is unfortunate that the mayor does not have a feel for the community nor respect for its residents, as is shown by support of this wrong-headed process. There are other options and there is also public consultation which has been sadly lacking on an issue that is one of the most fundamental that the Township will ever have to deal with.