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Garden hasn’t gotten city reports | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Your article about the Langley Community Garden (Dec. 17) contained several errors. Whether inaccurate information was provided to you by the city or you merely misrepresented the facts, the article has caused concern amongst our gardeners and others in Langley.

First, the garden’s fund for which the city provided oversight, has always been self-supporting. Through plot usage fees, donations and grants, all expenses have been managed so that no city funds were used to pay for anything. The city has never paid the garden’s water bill as your article states.

Second, the Memorandum of Understanding between the city and the landowners required the city to provide financial reports to the garden as you state in your article. Unfortunately, while numerous requests were made of the clerk/treasurer, the deputy clerk/treasurer, the special assistant to the mayor and the receptionist/utility clerk, we have never received a single appropriate report.

Finally, after the city was advised by the State Auditor’s Office to “pull the plug on contract for (the) Langley Community Garden,” we received the required 30-day notice in early December notifying us the contract was to be terminated on Dec. 8. As of today, Dec. 18, the city has failed to return the garden’s funds.

We are pleased to report that the Langley Community Garden is alive and well and continues to grow. We are thankful for the support given by the city and hope by correcting the above items that the community will continue to support the garden as well.

STEVE BUFF

Treasurer

Langley Community Garden

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