To the Editor,
I read Chris O’Connor’s letter to the editor on June 13. On reading his ridiculous ramblings and ideas and his comments on Erdmann Tuemp’s intelligence, I would challenge Mr. O’Connor to take an IQ test and compare it to Erdmann’s IQ.
Mr. O’Connor thinks, and I quote, we are “lucky to have such a competent professional staff” in the District office. There are a few basic problems in Lillooet that can be put in simple terms that even you can understand, Mr. O’Connor.
The sanitation plant that cost millions of dollars never worked from the beginning and someone approved payment for it. Who could that be? I see the septic tank cleaning truck go down to the plant on a regular basis; one day I counted eight times he went to the plant and pumped sewage into his truck and took it to his pit at Airport Gardens and dumped it close to the Fraser River. What would the Health Department or the Fisheries say? What does this cost the District because of poor management of its responsibilities? If the sanitation plant does not work, sue those responsible and fix it, don’t cover it up by trucking it somewhere else.
The water has been running down Main Street for weeks. The water is “Town Creek” and it was used as part of Lillooet’s water supply. They are no longer using this good water and instead are pumping not so good water from the wells. The water that they used to use is now running on the roads. To solve this problem, they are going to put a 30-inch culvert from the start of the creek down to the VLA. This would bury the problem underground at a huge cost.
The District is digging wells deep enough to get to water with arsenic and pumping it up hill to service all of Lillooet at a great cost. People with intelligence know that fresh water in Lillooet is in abundance. There are many freshwater creeks above Lillooet that can be gravity fed to the whole town at little cost. Surface water does not have arsenic.
Apparently basic organization is not a priority at the District office. I agree it is good to give students jobs in the District, but in the park by the museum the students weed-eated all around the park one morning and in the afternoon of the same day another crew weed-eated the park again. This is wasting gas and wearing out weed-eaters. Is this a make-work project or can’t the District staff dream up some more meaningful jobs for the students?
The streets are still full of sand from winter. We power-washed our whole house and the next day the truck with the brushes swept down my street with the brushes down and no water. It made a cloud of dust. I ran out to stop him; the dust was so thick he didn’t even see me. They sweep the sand to the middle of the road, the cars spray it back to the sides and then they sweep it back to middle of the road. They never pick up any of the sand, just move it back and forth.
Mr. O’Connor, does any of this make us “lucky to have such a competent professional staff” ? I don’t think so. I suppose with your mentality, my #1 to #5 list is considered an excellent job.
No one in Lillooet needs some ex-mayor from Lytton making ridiculous accusations about anyone in Lillooet.