In a prepared statement, councilmember Mary Cooper defended the City of Delta's alternative truck route. She referenced news articles concerning progress on the project before stating, "We have built a golf course, recreation center, not built a huge ballfield field complex.
We have been praised for our flowers and frowned on by a few about our marijuana policies. The main thing I think we've done for the city is strive to do our best for all of our citizens and take into consideration the health, safety and welfare of everyone. This is what we're hired to do. This in my mind is one of the biggest reasons we launched into the building of Confluence Drive. I remember the testimony of firefighters who had walked from crossing the tracks while houses burned, or horrible car wrecks occurred in North Delta, by ambulance crews and private citizens distressed by the inability to get to the hospital. We spoke of concerns about dozens of school buses daily crossing the railroad tracks, our inability to speak above a shout or park safely on Main Street when traffic was heavy.
"I'm well aware there are concerns regarding the construction of this ongoing with the Confluence Drive project, but I would dare any of you to tell me of any project of that magnitude not having a few bumps in the road. DIA comes to mind.
"The idea we rushed to the project is of course a concern. It's a little like dancing, two steps forward, one step back. Hindsight is 20/20, but when we did it we also received millions of dollars in funds from DOLA and other agencies that we would not have gotten if it was still on paper and nothing had happened. We waited 70 years to start and I for one am happy we have progressed as far as we have at this time. I take strength from the number of voters that passed that bonding issue. Trust me, if the people of Delta didn't think this was a viable project, that vote would have been quite different.
"We are committed, we need to pull together, get this project completed, have a great big party, pat ourselves and our staff on the back for a job well done. I truly believe Delta will continue to be a great place to live and to raise our children and off and on, we'll all be in the papers."blog comments powered by Disqus