LETTER: Questions about Heritage Park remain unanswered

My understanding is that the city has to give a building permit to build a new building. And there are special codes a building must have.

I have a couple of questions for council regarding the four buildings in the Heritage Park that you were referring to at the council meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.

My understanding is that the city has to give a building permit to build a new building. And there are special codes a building must have before the construction can get started.

That usually should happen after the city has checked the blueprint thoroughly, which was created by an architect.

Once the blueprint has been examined, at this point the city will give the go-ahead for construction to start. Once construction has started, I believe, an inspector from the city should have come on a regular basis to monitor various stages of the construction.

Now my first question: If all these stages have been followed properly, why was it not detected that the Blackberry Kitchen’s extension and the apartment above the concession area were not built to the standards of the fire regulations?

Second question: Where have your inspectors been to find that out?

Actually, third question: Why was that not discovered in the beginning by the city, that the fire code was not being followed?

Should the building not have been built in the first place? Corrections should have been done right then.

Do you not owe the citizens of Mission an apology?

I heard at the council meeting that to fix that problem will cost the city (taxpayers) perhaps $200,000 to $300,000. It seems to me that now the taxpayers will be on the hook because of the city’s mistake. I also feel that is why there is not enough money to give the observatory a go-ahead.

As a result, the Sunrise Rotary Club is out $20,000 in cash,  which was raised by Mission citizens.

Furthermore, the provincial government gave $100,000, and the Heritage Park Association gave another $ 20,000. And last but not least, there was $225,000 in volunteer hours and donated material, as well as all the equipment that was used to build that observatory.

On Monday at that meeting, I heard all your concerns about the observatory and I do not understand your point, but I guess I have to accept it.

Now my last question: With all the mistakes from the city, do the donors not have a right, at least, to ask to receive the $20,000 back?


Elke Katzenbach



Just Posted

FVRD surveyed public opinion on cannabis production and processing in the electoral areas. Odour and distance from residential areas were the top concerns. (Black Press file)
Cannabis production and processing rules being drafted by Fraser Valley Regional District

Data from public opinion survey will be used to guide cannabis-related land use

Robert Nelson, 35, died after being stabbed at a homeless camp in Abbotsford on April 7 of this year.
Mom pleads for information about son’s killing at Abbotsford homeless camp

Robert Nelson, 35, described as ‘man who stood for justice, honour, respect’

Police arrest the suspect in an attempted armed bank robbery on June 2 at the Scotiabank at Gladwin Road and South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. (Photo by Garry Amyot)
Abbotsford bank robbery suspect who was stopped by customers faces more charges

Neil Simpson now faces total of eight charges, up from the initial two

Drop-in Covid vaccine clinic in Mission June 17-18

Neighbourhood clinics complement appointment-based clinics currently operating in Mission

Canadian Blood Service is adding additional donor clinics in Mission

New Sunday clinics begin June 20, donors can register online

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

RCMP Const. Shelby Patton is shown in this undated handout photo. RCMP say that Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over on Saturday morning in Wolseley, east of Regina. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, RCMP
Pair charged in Saskatchewan Mountie’s death make first court appearance

Const. Shelby Patton was hit by an allegedly stolen truck that he had pulled over Saturday morning

David and Collet Stephan leave for a break during an appeal hearing in Calgary on Thursday, March 9, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Appeal Court rejects stay for Alberta couple facing third trial in son’s death

Pair accused in their earlier trials of not seeking medical attention for their son sooner

Highway notices like this come down effective June 14. Public health restrictions on non-essential travel and commercial operation have hit local businesses in every corner of B.C. (B.C. government)
Province-wide travel back on in B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan

Gathering changes include up to 50 people for outdoor events

Calgary Stampeders’ Jerome Messam leaps over a tackle during second half CFL western semifinal football action in Calgary, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CFL football will be played this summer in Canada

Governors vote unanimously in favour to start the ‘21 campaign on Aug. 5

Most Read