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POCO MILITARY OUTDOOR SUPPLIES 19653 Willowbrook Dr. Langley 778-278-2205 WWW.POCOMILITARY.COM Gambling Power up at events centre Casino a Langley will have free power at several electric car charging stations by this spring. by Matthew Claxton Langley Township is taking its place on an electric highway that will stretch from Southern California to Vancouver, with the announcement of six car chargers coming this spring. The Langley Events Centre will be the host site for a DC Fast Charger, one of more than a dozen to be installed around the province this spring. Up to 30 could be installed in various towns around the province by 2015. The fast charger can top up the battery on an all-electric car in about 10 minutes, or do a complete recharge in 30 minutes. That same recharge takes about seven hours for a Nissan Leaf, one of the few commonly available electric cars, if using a home recharger. “It is a highly visible and convenient location and an ideal place for a fast charging station,” Township Mayor Jack Froese said in a statement. The cost of the station and its installation and maintenance will be borne by the province. The only cost to the Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Township will be the electriLangley Events Centre business development director Jared Harman, left, and Langley city, and making some space Township’s Ryan Schmidt, are getting ready for the installation of an electric car charger. at the Langley Events Centre for the actual installation. Power will be sold at cost Township hall, the W.C. Blair by a provincial grant. to customers who use the fast Recreation Centre, the Langley That’s far less than the cost of charger, said community energy Events Centre, and the Walnut the $100,000 to $130,000 estimanager Ryan Schmidt. Grove Community Centre – will mate for the fast charger, where He said he hopes that with be for members of the public, costs and maintenance will be more fast charging stations like and will give away their power entirely provincial. this popping for free. The Township doesn’t yet up around the As level two have any electric cars in its own province, more chargers, they fleet, for budget reasons. “The cost of the people will conwill take longer “The cost of the technology technology isn’t quite to top up a sider investing in isn’t quite where we’d like it to where we’d like it to an electric car. vehicle’s batbe,” said Schmidt. Another of the teries. It takes There have been ongoing be.” fast charging 90 minutes for attempts to green and streamRyan Schmidt stations will be a top-up, said line the fleet, using smaller or at the Surrey Schmidt. hybrid cars instead of larger, Museum in nearGiven the limheavier vehicles where possible, by Cloverdale. ited number of people who will he said. But with two chargers Along with those, there will be using them, the Township installed in Township facilities be six level two chargers set up expects the amount of power for fleet use, if the cost comes at other Township facilities. going out through the chargers down for battery-powered cars, Two, in the Township’s will be between $350 and $500 they’ll likely be adopted eventuMurrayville works yard and per unit, per year. ally. in its underground parking lot The cost of installing the level All of the chargers are to be at the civic hall, will be for two chargers will be about installed and working by the employees. The other four – at $60,000, with $24,000 covered end of March. possibility Langley Township’s mayor is open to a casino proposal. by Matthew Claxton Langley Township isn’t actively looking to open a casino, but it isn’t ruling the idea out either, the mayor said. “We certainly are open to any casino operators that would like to talk to us,” Mayor Jack Froese said this week. In the wake of a Surrey council decision to pass on a casino project in South Surrey, the head of the B.C. Lottery Corp. (BCLC) named Langley as a possible site. “We’ll now look at whether it is something that could be developed in the south end of Langley or southwest part of Delta,” said Michael Graydon. While saying he’s open to listening to options, Froese questioned whether the southern portions of Langley are really the right area. The Township is just starting a new neighbourhood planning strategy that could greatly increase the size of the Brookswood-Fernridge area, in southwest Langley. But all possible plans call for the area to be largely residential. “I can’t see that going over too well,” Froese said of a casino in the middle of Brookswood. Most other areas in South Langley are likely off limits because they’re in the Agricultural Land Reserve, he said. He also noted any location would likely have to be a decent distance from the existing casino in Langley City. In 2002, when Langley City’s Gateway Casino was first proposed, the Township council and many residents reacted with shock. Township councillors suggested splitting the shared Langley RCMP detachment in two, and then-mayor Kurt Alberts was on the record opposing the project. Concerns about crime and the social ills of gambling were at the forefront of the debate. Froese, a former Vancouver police officer, said that many of the ills proposed at the time have not come to pass, and that other communities have noticed the City’s gambling revenues. If anything is suggested to the Township, there would be full public consultation, Froese said. - With files from the Vancouver Sun

Langley Advance January 24 2013

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