Bridge vote an opportunity for Trail

"Only a couple of days left for people to make up their minds on this pedestrian bridge thing. It’s sad to see so much negative feedback."

It’s down to the crunch. Only a couple of days left for people to make up their minds on this pedestrian bridge thing. It’s sad to see so much negative feedback.

I, for one, am sick and tired of living in 1959. Correct me if I am wrong, but the last new addition to the City of Trail since the “new” bridge in 1961 was the Aquatic Centre in the 90s. And didn’t we have to fight to get that?!

For those who think it’s a better idea to have a plan for the old bridge, I’m wondering how many people/businesses build new houses or new offices before they tear down the old one?

Yes, council should make a plan to tear down the old bridge, but the plan would take another decade to fabricate, at least – studies, more engineering reports, environmental assessments . . . In the meantime, we’d be stuck with just the one bridge and no hope of another in most of our lifetimes.

As for coming out of taxes, as mentioned by one letter to the editor last week – to not build the bridge will not reduce any of the taxes we’re already paying.

Trail used to be a city of nearly 14,000 people. We are now half that. If we are to commit to doing something good and right for our town, we’d better do it now before our tax base drops even lower.

People are constantly complaining about how desolate downtown Trail is. This is our only chance to improve on those conditions. We cannot hold a gun to someone’s head and insist they open a business up here.

Nor do I believe said bridge is going to be a tourist attraction. Well, it might. But that’s not the point.

The pedestrian bridge is for us – the people of Trail – to walk, enjoy, have access to the river.

We need this to bring some life back into our town.

Please vote “yes.”

Lana Rodlie

Trail

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