Letter: Coulter Berry unforgettable

Dear Editor,

The Coulter Berry… we will never forget that name!

Now that [Coulter Berry developer] Eric Woodward has broached the subject of changing the existing bylaws. At least this is the proper approach.

Now I am concerned that the mayor and council may attend the meetings, but as at the last round of meetings, Mayor Jack Froese was present but stood up at the end and declared that he didn’t rule by petition, even though the majority by far was against the alterations, and 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 stood up against the unlawful alteration and took it to court. I was impressed by the gracious letter they posted in each of the Fort Langley mailboxes, expressing their sincere concern for the builder and this whole situation that came about through poor governance by our council.

These are kind of folks 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 – who are behind them.

This whole mess would have been avoided if we simply followed the rules that have been there for years. No one opposed them previously.

Why is it today we have to question everything and demand our own way?

I think it is rooted in the theories of today that “I and what I want” comes first.

I suggest that 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 they 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 by electing a completely new council to represent us.

There has been endless trouble in our communities for many terms. We voters must see beyond the promises, to 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.

Lois Hooks, Fort Langley

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