Youbou urges TimberWest to scrub proposed car wash location

Frank Limshue (left) and Pat Weaver (second from right) discuss the proposed location of the TimberWest truck wash with concerned residents. - Malcolm Chalmers
Frank Limshue (left) and Pat Weaver (second from right) discuss the proposed location of the TimberWest truck wash with concerned residents.
— image credit: Malcolm Chalmers

Malcolm Chalmers

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Area residents have said “no” to the placement of a long-awaited truck wash at the west entrance to Youbou.

About 20 people attended an April 8 evening meeting at the Youbou Hall to hear the update from TimberWest. By the end, they were not ready to accept the proposed location.

The truck wash has long been discussed as a solution to the community’s longstanding issues with logging truck dust and mud. TimberWest communications manager Sue Handel, and Frank Limshue, director of planning and zoning for the firm’s real estate arm, made a short presentation to explain the process they went through to find its best location.

Limshue said the truck wash could be running in four weeks if everyone agrees to “Site A,” a small sliver of property situated next to the paved road, 47 metres from Cowichan Lake and 150 metres from the nearest Youbou residence.

John and Trish Waddington, the owners of the residence nearest to the site, said it is not acceptable.

They had many concerns about Site A, ranging from proximity to the lake and property values to nearby houses and harm to the local frog population.

“We only get one chance at this, we want it to be done right,” Trish Waddington said.

Dennis Martel, meanwhile, voiced his concern about the wetness of Site A and wanted to know how dirty water from that location would be kept from leaking into the lake.

Other audience members questioned why a proposed site two kilometres down TimberWest’s logging road was not chosen over the site in town. The response: TimberWest didn’t want the newly washed trucks to exit on to a gravel road and possibly pick up more dirt before entering Youbou.

TimberWest still feels this Site A  is a better location than their other option, “Site B.” Site B is located across the road on parkland behind the Youbou Firehall.

That location is also not favoured by the residents.

Discussions continued for almost an hour, holding up the CVRD Parks and Recreation meeting that followed. It is not clear what the next move will be.

“There’s been no decision,” said Youbou Director Pat Weaver. “I’m waiting to hear back from them.”

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