Ahuff and a puff, and the house was gone.
Regular readers will know the chamber of commerce has been a positive part of this community for decades.
A few months ago, I wrote a column about the current state of the chamber of commerce.
"OMG" The future events were like a Hollywood movie. The "cleaners" arrived, and the entire building is gone.
It is rare to see such demolition and disposal work done so well; so quickly.
While I am sure I had absolutely nothing to do with the disappearance of the building, there are some people in our community who are concerned about what happened.
The most "earnest" reaction was from Mayor Ernie Daykin. Our mayor, who had come back from his holidays for a personal matter, stumbled upon the demolishing of the building.
He couldn't believe what he was seeing. As mayor, he had no knowledge this was going to happen. He was "dumbstruck."
Mayor Daykin was president of the chamber of commerce a few years ago. He believes that, when he left, the chamber had a secure building, $40,000-plus in its general account, and $200,000 in cash reserves.
Standing and watching the demolition, he asked the current executive director, "How could this happen?" The response was a shrug. Mayor Daykin then asked what happened to the money, and got another shrug.
According to the mayor, he asked, "Can't we go back in the records and figure out what happened?" The response was that there were a lot of leaks and mould, and the records and building were beyond saving.
Since the mayor left the presidency, as usual, the chamber of commerce has been controlled by directors elected at the annual general meetings.
They have been representatives from trustworthy members of our business community: accountants, lawyers, and financial institutions - to name a few - were some of the professions of directors involved.
To be clear, I am not accusing any director past or present of doing anything bad.
I think Mayor Daykin and I would both agree that whatever has happened, the issues should be disclosed to its members, resolved, and then move forward.
Hopefully that would give the chamber an opportunity to reboot its relationship with the
The relocation of the office for the Chamber of Commerce serving Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to Pitt Meadows is a distraction from a bigger picture.
While Maple Ridge was sleeping, it appears, the region has moved the future town centre of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to Harris Road.
Agreeing with Pitt Meadows, the Agriculture Land Commission has just removed 80 acres of the best, fertile farmland in the highlands of Pitt Meadows and are going to allow it to become a town centre - which will be bigger and better planned than downtown Maple Ridge (Haney).
As our CAO senior bureaucrat negotiates our surrender to regional government, may we at least save the fertile topsoil from the farmland before they pave it? Just saying...
- Gordy Robson's column appears Tuesdays in the print and/or online versions of The TIMES. Reactions can be emailed c/o email@example.com.
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