Letters of the week – Aug. 18

Fires, parking and fountains spurred on letters to the editor this week.

Fire could have been devastating

To the Editor,

On the morning of July 11 my husband and I came upon a very disturbing scene. On a trail, just above the Log Train Trail, very close to the Motocross pit in Cherry Creek someone had ignited a fire up against a large tree and then abandoned it.

The fire was smouldering with little flare-ups. There was a lot of trash laying around including two spray paint cans, vitamin water bottles, ropes, large foamy interlocking playing mat pieces, candy and granola bar wrappers. These were not here a few days earlier.

We phoned 911 and a crew of Thunderbird firefighters came and dealt with the situation.

This could have ended in tragedy for Cherry Creek.

I am writing in the hope that somebody might recognize some of the items left at the scene. Do their kids and friends like to tag with spray paint? Do they drink vitamin water? Was anyone missing a box of sweet and salty bars? If so, hopefully they know what to do—turn in the culprits.

Vel Rhodes,

Port Alberni

 

Chamber agrees Cathedral Grove has parking problems

To the Editor,

Re: Cathedral Grove, Letters, July 28.

The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce has called a number of meetings with BC Highways, and BC Parks among others to discuss the ongoing concerns with traffic through Cathedral Grove.

Letter writer Mr. Ferguson is absolutely correct with his suggestion that someone may have to be seriously hurt, or worse before the required urgency takes over.

We invite any/all to visit our website and view the included video which was shot in August 2015 as part of our approach to BC Highways.

Bill Collette,

esecutive director,

AVCOC

 

Rogers Creek ‘fountain’ a concern

To the Editor,

It looks as though we have a stagnant piece of territory on the boundary of Rogers Creek hill and the city boundary: there seems to be a question as to whether the hill will wash away first or will we have a sink hole there?

For more than three years water has been oozing out of the top of the hill, right next to highway maintenance company Emcon’s yard.

I have approached the mayor about it and he said he would get in touch with the highway department—that was close to a year ago, when he told me that the water had been coming out of the ground there for at least two years.

That makes it more than three years that this water has not been attended to.

We only have two entrances to both sides of our fair city; does anyone not think it is time they used a little authority to get this looked into—and possibly fixed?

This is called “preventative maintenance”, something that has been lacking in this particular situation. Somebody is sleeping on the job.

Dave Noble,

Port Alberni

Austen fest was fabulous

To the Editor,

As part of the Jane Austen Festive committee I would like to say how impressed I was with 265 participants dressed in Regency costume all together  in one place, July 9 at Glenwood Centre. Thank you, Port Alberni, for such support and to all the out of towners who came too. It was a year in planning and the effort of a small group people but the “community with a heart” supported our project.

There were so many people and organizations that helped out in numerous ways and we wish them to know you were all appreciated but most of all to all you who scrounged thrift stores and friends’ closets as well as bringing their own creativity to produce fabulous attire.

Katy Lekich,

Jane Austen committee,

Port Alberni

 

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