Looking Back: Deep snow hit Langley civic budget

The history of our community, as told in the files of the Langley Advance

Eighty Years Ago

February 2, 1939

• Jack Frisby was unanimously re-elected president of the Langley Agricultural Society. George Twiss was vice-president, and R.W. Beales secretary-manager.

• An arbitration board hearing the local teachers’ pay dispute reserved its decision after a Monday sitting.

Seventy Years Ago

February 3, 1949

• A profit of $10.87 had been realized from the Langley Agricultural Association’s 1948 fall fair. Gross receipts for the year were $5899.37. Expenditures included a $7,689 down payment on land at Johnston Townline and Roberts Roads (216th Street and 56th Avenue). There were 61 members.

• Jack Roberts was elected president of the local Red Cross. Bob Wilson became vice-president.

Sixty Years Ago

January 29, 1959

• An unidentified truck driver was credited with sounding an alarm that saved the Cloverdale Paint Co. from burning to the ground. As it was, the plant suffered $10,000 in damages.

Fifty Years Ago

January 30, 1969

• The school tax mill rate was expected to rebound to its level of two years earlier, although the board’s anticipated 15 per cent budget hike met the education ministry’s ceiling.

• Six weeks of deep snow, extreme cold, and stiff winds were already crippling the Township’s 1969 public works budget. Committee chairman Alderman Art Woolley noted a $20,000 bill for snow removal and road sanding had already accumulated in the first three weeks of January, and he predicted that that would rise to $30,000 by month’s end.

Forty Years Ago

January 31, 1979

• The City was expecting a small tax decrease.

• While school board finance committee chairman Trustee Lorne Maluorno congratulated the board on keeping per pupil costs the lowest in the province, Township Mayor George Driediger suggested that Langley Teachers’ Association president Terry Eastman accept local teaching conditions or go back to Australia, the land of his birth. Eastman and the LTA had convinced the B.C. Teachers Federation to launch an inquiry into education in Langley.

Thirty Years Ago

February 1, 1989

• Brandy Reich, 27-year-old Langley resident, died in England on Jan. 30. She had received a heart and lung transplant in December.

• Heather Van Egdom, almost killed in a car accident a year earlier, amazed doctors, family, and teachers by learning to speak again, and by mastering Morse code so she could operate a computer.

• Langley teachers stepped up their work-to-rule campaign, refusing to supervise students before and after school and during recess and lunch.

Twenty Years Ago

February 2, 1999

• With Langley Township’s 1998 legal fees expected to top $700,000 after all the bills were counted, council unanimously launched an investigation into the costs.

• Nine years after she was convicted of kidnapping and jailed in Brazil, Langley’s Christine Lamont was released on parole. Lamont and her Canadian finance David Spencer had been sentenced to eight years, but upon appealing their convictions, were re-sentenced to 28 years. The two had maintained their innocence for years, but eventually openly admitted their guilt. Lamont said she had participated in the kidnapping in an attempt to ease suffering in third world countries. Eight years into their sentences, they were transferred to prison in Canada, where a year later, they were paroled.

• Meanwhile, the Lamont family was waiting for paperwork from Brazil indicating that Christine’s sentence had been slashed, which would mean a shorter parole here in Canada.

• Taylor Ventures, involved in a long-overdue North­west Langley arena project, filed for bankruptcy.

• The Langley Hornets, stinging from too little support in Langley, threatened to shift its base to Delta.

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