Letters to the Editor

Council needs to listen to people on Coulter Berry rezoning

Editor: Coulter Berry — we will never forget that name.  Now I read that Eric Woodward has broached the subject of changing the existing bylaws. At least this is the proper approach.

The mayor and council may attend the public hearings, but at the last round of meetings, Mayor Jack Froese stood up at the end and declared that he didn’t rule by petition, even though the majority by far was against the alterations. He stated that it would go through whether we liked it or not.  Will this happen again?  Or will he actually listen to what the people are saying?

I also want to express appreciation for the group that have stood up against this unlawful alteration and taken it to court.  I was impressed by the very gracious letter they posted in each of the Fort Langley mailboxes, expressing their sincere concern for the builder. This whole situation  came about through poor governance by our council.

These kind of folks are the kind we need to be active in our Township. People of ethics.  People who will not be swayed by financial gain. And I know that there are many of us — generally the silent majority — that are behind them.  Thank you for stepping up on our behalf and shouldering the negativity, which comes mostly from the newspapers..

This whole mess would have been avoided if we simply followed the rules. The rules have been there for years and no one opposed them previously.  Why is it today we simply have to question everything and demand our own way? It is rooted in the theories of today that “I” and what “I” want comes first.

I sincerely hope Mayor Froese not waste more of our tax dollars by appealing,  accept this defeat graciously and, if he must, then go the way of legally changing the bylaws — if that is the will of the people. I am not for changing them, as these are what has kept Fort Langley unique and will protect us in the future.

I would also like to suggest that we prepare for the upcoming election and elect a completely new council to represent us. That is what the current council was elected to do, and is not doing.

There has been endless trouble in our communities. We the voters must see beyond the promises, and evaluate their leanings and tendencies. I understand another group has begun the process to elect leaders who will not accept funds from builders and major businesses and therefore not be indebted to them. I am behind them 100 per cent. They will need our help if not counting on large businesses for funds.

Lois Hooks,

Fort Langley



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