Echoes from the past – Nov. 11, 1965

Rock stolen, power-cutting dilemna

November 11, 1965

Kent Council Offering To Lease Pioneer Park For Tax Amount

Kent Council wants to lease Pioneer Park from the CPR for 20 years for the amount of the municipal taxes on the property.

The CPR is trying to sell the popery, which has been leased to the chamber of commerce for many years at $1 a year. The rail road has paid taxes, which have been about $400 a year.

Councillor Jake Hoogendorn suggested that the railroad might be happy to have the property maintained as a park if it was not costing them money every year. Reeve Wes Johnson was doubtful whether the amount involved would be of any concern to the CPR, but when councillor J. Broughall put the motion it went through unanimously.

Also, Council approved a proposal from the highways department to split 50-50 the cost of completely rebuilding the MacCallum Road. The department offered to submit a cost estimate to the council for consideration before the work goes ahead.

A letter from the deputy minister said the department would be hauling gravel from its pit over the road from time to time and favored strengthening and repaving it so that the heavy traffic would not cause deterioration.

Firemen Can Get Patrolman To Cut Wires, Letter Suggests

Harrison Hot Springs Fire Department Tuesday heard copies of correspondence between the Fraser Valley Fireman’s Association and BC Hydro regarding removal of the hydro maintenance crew from Agassiz.

The association took up the question of how power was to be cut off when a fire department was called out – or whether fireman were expected to stand and watch buildings burn until the crew could come from Chilliwack or to take the risk of using water among burning live wires.

Hydro referred the matter to the same man who moved the Agassiz crew in the first place and he replied that it was usual to send a patrolman with a light vehicle for this sort of job. Such a man was living in Agassiz and took his vehicle home at night, the letter said.

The local department had never been notified of this, but members assumed that the man referred to must be John Olfert. They decided to invite him to come and discuss the matter with them at their next meeting.

Rock Stolen

Someone has stolen one of the ashtrays from the Broom Room at the Harrison Hotel.

The ash trays are shaped like full-sized curling rocks supported on three brooms. They are not as heavy as the real thing, however.

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