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I am also impressed by the councillors who voted in favour of moving it by June 1st. That "yes we can" attitude is refreshing and besides, asphalt plants are highly portable. Not saying there are not costs involved and I would like to help out.

I have an annual credit running with the RMOW that stems from an action of mine eight years ago. If you were here then you would have remembered on cloudy nights all of Function was lit up with the glow off the clouds. This was caused by the sewer treatment plant lights that were costing $30,000 a year, as I found out when I started asking why they were on in the first place. I mean, the STP is fully alarmed and there is no one on night shift so why would you have these huge lights blazing away? Seems simple, just turn off the lights, save 30-grand a year.

Not so. It took months and months of harassing to get that decision made, and then months of me phoning the STP and nagging them when they left lights on, but finally the place went dark.

Now did anybody at the muni accomplish this? No. I did. Thank you, thank you, really no applause is necessary, yes, thank you, you are too kind.

So if you think that I'm laying claim to that cash I've saved the Whistler taxpayer you're pretty sharp. If you know where I'm going with this well you're even sharper. That's right, I hereby donate this cool quarter million (8x$30,000=$240,000, plus a little interest) to the Move the Asphalt Plant Fund as a gift to my new neighbours. You deserve it.

Also, I hope you'll accept this gift in lieu of the obligatory bottle of wine and loaf of bread I should bring over for everyone. I knew I should have started saving up for that a couple of years ago but I had my own problems.

In closing I would like to ask, after cutting down an excessive amount of trees for the STP expansion, paving the rest for security for the Olympics and installing lights on the new Valley Trail that will illuminate a deer at 500 metres in a major wildlife corridor, what plans does the RMOW have to be environmental stewards of their own land? Because at this point the RMOW has done nothing to help land mammals and in fact has done the opposite. In the 30-plus years I've lived on the Upper Cheakamus I've never seen wildlife under such stress as they are now. And after the Olympics, but hopefully before the spring black tailed deer migration season, I'd like an answer to that question.

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