An open letter to city council

John Pickford expresses concern over spending priorities in his letter to the editor

Editor:

Open letter to city council

I have recently learned that an agenda item for discussion at council meeting of Nov. 21, and recommended for early budget approval, is Atlantic Power Heat Feasibility Study.

As described in the 2018-2028 Preliminary Capital Projects Plan, Atlantic Power Heat Feasibility Study: Estimated cost of $55,000, high level of priority.

Mr. Kozubenko, CFO report to council dated November 8, 2017 states:

“… there is significant requirement for capital funding from general revenue that cannot be sustained without project reduction or additional funding sources identification (taxation, DCCs or borrowing options should be explored).”

I humbly suggest that any project the City becomes involved with regarding heat generation from Atlantic Power, will only legitimize, enable and prolong the burning of creosoted rail ties, and the attendant emissions in our valley community.

Such a project would require a continued source of fibre, that likely would include rail ties.

Since many local residents are opposed to the use of rail ties as a fuel in this facility, although council endorsed the permit application by Atlantic Power, I request the City do not consider such a project.

Mr. Kozubenko’s statement regarding unsustainable requirement for capital funding is another reason to not invest tax dollars in this venture.

Additionally, I believe due diligence requires that before council engages with any company, the profitability of a business be examined. Financial reports are readily available online.

Perhaps the $55,000 could be used elsewhere in town.

John Pickford

Williams Lake

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