Curious timing on behalf of CVRD for landfill vote

Dear editor,

CVRD directors, many of whom were attending their final meeting, voted unanimously on Nov. 20, to borrow over $45 million dollars for landfill closures and new landfilling, near Cumberland. They did not ask for taxpayer approval to borrow a record $45 million. They did not look at other options. There are some challenging questions about new technologies, and perhaps partnering with southern neighbours, but they need to be considered. Comox Valley residents should be asking why would we landfill all North Island garbage and likely, it seems, Powell River emergency  garbage, beside  our water supply? That would be Comox Lake. And even if this is the preferred option, why would we not use our $67 million CVRD reserve fund instead of borrowing? This decision needs a review.

Phil Harrison



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