Dams issue setting precedent in province

A duly elected civic government that has committed to taking appropriate steps is being overruled by the province.

To the Editor,

Re: Council postpones dam vote, July 9.

The Colliery dams issue sets an important precedent in that a duly elected civic government that has committed to taking appropriate steps is being overruled by the province. It is ironic that our mayor and staff appear to be doing everything to ensure that the majority on council do not succeed.

Police are asking for more officers. This request has previously been denied. We have limited resources and councillors should have the right to define their priorities. Perhaps they may see that having a few more police officers on the force or improving a dangerous intersection will do more to ensure the safety of our citizens than ‘fixing’ a problem that we are unsure exists.

Jeff SolomonColliery Dam Park Preservation Society

 

To the Editor,

Re: Council postpones dam vote, July 9.

I live in the flood area of the Millstone River and there has been no concern about this imaginary flood that may or not happen or any concern about damage or death in this area.

Where will this imaginary flood water come from? All the water from the upper mountain areas will go to the upper dam. All the water from Morrell Lake, Mount Benson, Blackjack Ridge Mountain will go to the upper dam. Only a small amount of runoff water will enter into the Chase River system from area ditches.

Who really knows what will happen during a major flood? No one can foresee the future. It would it be better to put money for Colliery dams aside in case there are other major tragedies within the City of Nanaimo that no one can imagine or foresee.

Common sense does not seem to be part of the solution to the Colliery dams.

Bruce EricksonNanaimo