Letter: Trees, shrubs wasting Langley Township taxes

Dear Editor,

I’m wondering, with the elections around the corner, if councillors have been out walking, like I have, and wondering about the waste of tax dollars.

I cannot figure out why, on the coast where trees grow at such a rapid rate, they persist on planting trees beside the walkways and curbs in about a foot and a half of soil, and don’t expect to run into trouble.

They should go for a walk from 88th Avenue to 93rd Avenue on 208th Street and see what those trees have done to the sidewalk. It’s like walking on a roller coaster: the sidewalk is up and down from the tree roots.

It’s a waste of taxpayers’ dollars. Now the trees have to be cut down and new sidewalks put in.

And why do they have to plant shrubs and trees in the middle of the road, to be pruned and weeded and watered? Another waste of dollars.

If anyone drove up on 96th Avenue, around the Johnson Heights area, they would see cement curbs in the middle of the road, with brick-coloured cement in the middle of the road. It looks nice and neat – and no maintenance.

What is the matter with putting in wider sidewalks to the curb, and plant trees on the lots on the inside?

Get the developer to plant trees when they are building. That will save the taxpayer, the trees look just as nice on the inside as they do on the outside, and the roots will have room to grow without lifting up the sidewalks.

And why put cement dividers in the middle of the road on 203rd Street, which is an industrial area? Now they are chopping them up because the semi-trailer trucks can’t turn there. Why not leave the middle an empty turning lane?

Is it all about looks? Because it is not working.

They turned 98th Avenue into a one-way at 203rd Steet and planted high four-foot pampus grass so no one can see anything, and they have cars going down an alley that is single-car wide to get back onto 98th Avenue.

It was petitioned and inspected by council, and we were told that the road would be fixed in 2013. It is now halfway through 2014, and nothing has been done.

It’s time to address these issues and quit beating around the bush. If council keeps this up, it will cost the municipality a lot of money to keep fixing mistakes.

Donna Thurston, Langley

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