First Street waterline work sees setback

Work on the First Street waterline replacement will have to wait. After concerns were raised about using a water right for city parks, the Langley City Council moved the approval of the work contract for $307,662.31 to a second reading.

Resident Fran Abel called the plan short sighted because it did not address the city’s ability to water planters and other vegetation at the city’s parks. Installing a water right at Boy and Dog Park on First Street would cost $7,420, but would be a transfer from the city’s general fund to its water fund. There would be a $40 monthly fee as well.

“I also understand we’re doing very well in conservation,” said Councilman Jim Sundberg. “We need to look at that seriously.”

The expectation was that City Planner Jeff Arango and Public Works Director Challis Stringer would review the options and report their findings to the council at its next meeting. Langley budgeted $355,000 for the waterline project that will stretch from Wharf Street to De Bruyn Avenue.

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