Langley Looking Back: Municipal borrowing actually declined

A look back through the files of the Langley Advance, which started publishing in 1931.

Eighty years ago

January 14, 1937

Township Clerk R.A. Payne reported that the municipality had come through 1936 in good financial standing, having borrowed only $1,000 from banks and $2,000 from government, compared to a total of $22,000 in loans in 1935.

Seventy years ago

January 16, 1947

Aldergrove Junior Chamber of Commerce protested a B.C. Telephone Co. proposal to eliminate the Aldergrove exchange.

Meanwhile, Coun. Eric Flowerdew noted that the B.C. Telephone Co. was planning a huge expansion program. He wanted special attention given to extending service into rural areas.

Sixty years ago

January 17, 1957

Council wanted to recruit early risers to sand steep but minor hills when ice or snow made them slippery. Graders would take longer to do the job, and the idea was to get the roads ready for morning commuters.

Fifty years ago

January 12, 1967

Langley and neighbouring school boards approached the provincial government for permission to establish a regional college.

Construction of a new school at McInnis and Carvolth Roads (32nd Avenue and 200th Street) was put off, due to a shortage of provincial funding.

An even wetter January appeared to be following a December that had set rainfall records.

Forty years ago

January 13, 1977

The new school board asserted control at its first meeting with an unprecedented move: unanimously elected chairman Dr. Howard Anderson tore up the agenda prepared by staff and handed out a new one that had been prepared by trustees themselves. The new agenda included major policy changes for Langley’s schools.

A $2-million increase was proposed for Langley’s school budget, bringing the total to $14.5-million. A 1.5 mill increase was subsequently expected in the tax rate.

Thirty years ago

January 14, 1987

A Surrey man swallowed what could have been a fatal dose of potassium cyanide at a Langley biomedical laboratory. He was given the wrong solution because a label had been misread.

A second application for a neighbourhood pub in Walnut Grove, in close proximity to seven schools, raised concerns among Township councillors.

Twenty years ago

January 17, 1997

Provincial conflict of interest commissioner Ted Hughes dismissed a Langley resident’s allegations that Fort Langley Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman had ties to the Langley Leadership Team that placed him in a position of conflict. Hughes said there was nothing upon which to base an inquiry.

Ministry of Environment test results from North Otter showed that well water there was safe and clean. People in the area were kept in the dark for eight months after a potentially dangerous underground spill at a nearby gas station had been discovered. The tests were conducted weeks later still, and the results were released nearly a year after the initial event.

After 58 years of operation in downtown Langley, Barron and Sons Service Station was closing shop.