I am writing to you from Chase, B.C.
We are a village of 2,600 citizens in a narrow valley at the confluence of Little Shuswap Lake and the South Thompson River.
At present, we enjoy clean air, abundant wildlife — such as eagles, osprey, big horn sheep, bears and several species of salmon and trout, in a quiet, small-town atmosphere.
I am writing because we need your help.
In the middle of our village, on Chase Creek, just meters from residential homes, is 25 acres of land that is presently zoned residential, in accord with our Official Community Plan.
Our problem is this — Pinnacle Pellet is proposing to open a pellet plant on this land and our city council seems very close to rezoning this land for that purpose.
Those of us opposed to this plan have become aware of the proposal somewhat late, in a very hurried process and are running to catch up.
Our next Village Council Meeting on this issue, after which they propose to vote, was Nov. 12.
It is our hope that citizens of your town would, please, write to the citizens of our town and let us know what it is like to have Pinnacle Pellet as a neighbour.
Sharing your real life experience with what has been billed as a “state-of-the-art” factory would be a great service to your neighbours in Chase.
I propose that you send those letters to firstname.lastname@example.org (me) and email@example.com (Chase city council).
You could certainly also direct them to the Salmon Arm Observer and Kamloops This Week.
Jocelyn (Joey) Nash