Letters to the editor 

Pay parking was always in the plan

I am somewhat confused with the rationale behind Mayor Ken Melamed’s announcement that pay parking will be implemented for day skier Lots 1 to 3 to fund the construction of the debris barrier that is designed to protect the entire Village from potential flooding. It would appear that council has not discussed or approved this plan as councillor Erkhard Zeidler has indicated that introducing pay parking as a way of paying for the barrier project before community consultation is very problematic.

It is not sufficient to “want to hear input on the implementation”; the community should have input on the more fundamental question of why the users of Lots 1-3 should pay for something that is going to benefit the entire village. In order to have a rational discussion, the RMOW needs to provide complete factual information so that there can be an informed dialogue of the issue. For example, the number of parking stalls in each lot, including Creekside; who owns each lot; which lots are to be paved and at what cost; the logic of charging for some lots but not others; some background on the economics of the project.

Mayor Melamed has neatly tried to muddy the waters by combining two totally separate issues; pay parking and funding the cost of the debris barrier. In fact, pay parking has long been bubbling below the surface as an unresolved community issue ever since it was first introduced in the Comprehensive Transportation Strategy in 1998.

Let the debate begin.

Gary McDonnell



Re: My forgotten subdivision

What a very appropriate piece you wrote last week. I don't know how many times recently I have composed a letter in my head with similar thoughts. Your footsteps must be the ones I follow down the highway each morning and I have often seen where you jump into the snow bank.

I applaud your suggestion of reducing the speed limit to 60 km/h, it might help a bit. The only saving grace is that Function is such a busy and well populated place now that the regular changing traffic light does serve to slow the traffic a bit. As only about 10 percent of the vehicles make any attempt to slow, or pull over to the middle of the road.

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