Why punch a road through forested area?

As we have been told for years, 256th Street in Maple Ridge is the preferred designated truck route for the northeast sector.

Editor, The News:

Re: Council may not be able to do anything about Blue Mtn. quarry (The News, Jan. 11).

Why would anyone punch a new road through an forested area when 256th Street is within a short distance to the west of the site?

And, as we have been told for years, 256th St. is the preferred designated truck route for the northeast sector.

Something about this whole proposal does not seem right – if the currently shelved Abernethy Connector is ever revived (sometime in the next 100 years – the expected life of the gravel pit), the gravel operations would be right at its door step.

I really question the competency of Maple Ridge’s senior management as this proposal seems to have caught them all off guard (similar incompetence can be attached to an ex-mayor’s private golf course and the vacant Kanaka business park, neither of which were in the Official Community Plan, when we first moved here).

I don’t know how they justify their pay and positions. Maybe its time to review their continued taxpayer-funded positions with the District.

I don’t know how they continue to keep themselves employed at our expense.

Doug Buker

Maple Ridge