I'd like to express my profound thanks to city Couns. Pam Bookham, Rod Clark, Guy Heywood and Don Bell for using plain old common sense at the Oct. 14 council meeting. They did what every budget-minded householder has been doing lately: they said "no" to spending money on an unnecessary amusement.
Beach volleyball players asked for city-funded courts at the Lonsdale Waterfront and council replied by asking for a feasibility report from their staff. Mayor Darrell Mussatto was so enthused by the idea that before the report came back for council endorsement, he evidently told the players that the courts would be built and even went so far as to announce, at a public meeting, that sand was going to be delivered within a week.
The staff report was then received by council: Cost = $140,000; use = limited to spring and summer, good weather only; tenure = about two years.
When the vote was taken, it was 4-3 against with Bookham, Clark, Heywood and Bell using what I call good old common sense. Our tax dollars can be put to much better use.
Thanks to the four of you!
Joan Peters North Vancouver
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