Stairs money could have been better spent elsewhere

Aug. 28, 2014: The day the owners of Sylvan Lake's Cottage Area took over the newspaper — and apparently the community.

Dear Editor,

Aug. 28, 2014: The day the owners of Sylvan Lake’s Cottage Area took over the newspaper — and apparently the community.

First, they were highlighted in the council notes after council approved their demands for stairs at 35 Street — a location that, need I remind you, was deemed at”risk of severe erosion and destabilize the shoreline”; an area that the province wanted to leave untouched to restore shoreline stabilization. But ney, the cottage owners cannot walk a block to access the stairs, and cried and whined, and by golly, got their stairs for an unbudgeted dollar value of nearly $25,000.

Next, the cottage owners are unhappy at the Town’s attempt to engage in some two-way communication about some upgrades to a street in their neighbourhood. Ney, the Town’s”survey” was flawed in it’s lack of ability to collect conclusive unbiased statistics, and Town staff and council should be ashamed of themselves, AND in conclusion are completely immoral! Oh my, talk about escalating quickly!

And finally, another letter to the editor — now the Cottage Area residents are unhappy with the unregulated day mooring traffic. They wish there was a washroom on the beach, more garbage cans too. Someone was just about run over by a boat! And the rocks are sharp. How tragic!

I have news for the”Cottage Area Dwellers” — you are but a fraction of our population. $25,000 for stairs, just so that you stop whining, is a travesty that could have been spent better elsewhere, and nobody cares that you have to walk around sharp rocks to get to the water. We are a community of 13,000, and no one is more significant than the other, yet based on the Aug. 28 newspaper, it sure appears that a special group of people sure have council and Town staff right where they want them — around their finger.

Adrien Martin,

Sylvan Lake (former tenant of the Cottage Area)