Letters to the Editor -- April 22, 2004

Published on Thu, Apr 22, 2004
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Letters to the Editor

The Editor:
This is a very special thanks to the citizens and businesses who contributed to the Terrell Creek salmon restoration work last summer. Through your contributions, we have been able to have the very necessary work done to remove reed canarygrass and purchase the trees and shrubs to replant the banks. This allows us to keep moving forward to the day that we improve the stream habitat enough to support a resident salmon population.
In thanking you, the “Chums of Terrell Creek,” I also want to acknowledge the contributions of everyone in our community who gave their valuable time and energy to help us plant the trees and other activities to repair our creek. We count on all of you, all current and future Chums of Terrell Creek to help us welcome our first salmon in the next few years. Many, many thanks for all your current and future efforts!
P.S. Our sign will be erected by the creek thanking contributors and business partners by April 24 when we have our next planting.
Elie Friedlob
Chums of Terrell Creek
Blaine

The Editor:
Pay to be heard by Blaine city council.
At the last meeting of city council, I became aware that the final decision/authority for building permits approval – on development of up to 49 units – is now in the hands of the planning commission, a non-elected body, chaired by a builder/developer. Could this leave the planning commission as the final decision/authority for approval of building permits on developments such as the spit at Semiahmoo or Drayton Shore Phase III? Of course no one at the city of Blaine sees the planning commission’s final authority for approval as a problem.
It is, however, a problem for the residents of Adelia Street, who now have to appeal a decision made by the planning commission for approval of building permits for 10 four-plexes, with a total of 40 units and at least 120 people on 3.33 acres of land in their neighborhood.
Apparently, the residents of Adelia Street only option, as they were told by city council and staff, is to do their due diligence, pay the costs of $450 to appeal, plus all legal fees. The position of our elected city council will then become that of judge and jury on the appeal.
Were it not for the exorbitant costs to appeal, the residents of Adelia Street would most likely win their appeal when you look at environmental issues such as high density, noise, nuisance, parking and especially lack of infrastructure such as roads and sewer connections for 40 units.
Let us be aware that all citizens in the city of Blaine could be faced with similar problems as the city of Blaine is in the process of rezoning different areas in the near future.
Nicole McCaig
Blaine

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The Northern Light welcomes letters to the editor; however, the opinions expressed are not those of the editor. Letters must include name, address and daytime telephone number for verification. Letters must not exceed 350 words and may be edited or rejected for reasons of legality, length and good taste. Thank you letters are limited to five individuals or groups. A fresh viewpoint on matters of general interest to local readers will increase the likelihood of publication. Writers should avoid personal invective. Unsigned letters will not be accepted for publication. Requests for withholding names will be considered on an individual basis. Only one letter per month from an individual correspondent will be published.

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