Water Meter, Soil and Sign Update

The new water meter has now been fully permitted and paid for. Plumber Mike Moore is scheduled to install the back flow prevention, and the city is scheduled to put in the new meter. The use of the water however, is only permitted to be for irrigation. I’ve been told that when we need to use that water for drinking, we must pay a different rate and seek a different permit.  Another issue we faced was the fact that the old water meter stub and box, sit on the street side of the sidewalk.  We would have to seek multiple permits to go under the sidewalk to add our water pipe.  We decided, though it’s costly, that it would be best to have the box and stub moved to the park side, in case we need to service the pipe in the future.  The city will will charge a deposit of $2500 to have the box and stub moved and refund the difference when the job is done.

We learned that now that our soil is collected, we need to determine what toxin we want to test for. There are no broad spectrum tests for toxins in soil. We need to isolate one for each test.  The state library will hold more clues as to what businesses (we suspect only Rowland Lumber) were there, and then what chemicals would have been used during that era.

We decided that the new sign would have three panels, one facing Harrison, one facing Division, and one facing the neighborhood.  Since this will be community park, we want to share this news more broadly.



4 Responses

  • The water through the irrigation meter is cheaper, because you do not have to pay for sewer if you have an irrigation meter, though you actually pay a little bit more for the water itself… (You’d have to do some estimating and calculating to think about the trade-offs between installing two meters in order to take advantage of cheaper irrigation water, and only installing one meter that you used for drinking water and irrigation. It would all depend on how much irrigating you did, how your water use varied beween winter rates and the significantly higher summer rates for drinking water, etc.)

    • Thad, those are all good things to consider. I would lean toward just the one meter, since they aren’t cheap to buy and place new ones. However, if we do have some sort of a water feature, I am sure we would want to wrap that into the equation as well.

  • I have decades of experience doing aerial map research… If y’all haven’t gathered up all available aerial photos from 1940’s to the present email me the parcel number and I’ll volunteer to help gather those up, and start studying ’em for clues as to possible pollution concerns. And if you’ve already got the aerial photos just email me copies and I’ll dig into ’em and write up a land use history narrative for you! 🙂 SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS PARK!!! IT’S GONNA REDEFINE WHAT A PARK CAN BE!!!

    • Deane, I will email you the parcel number and it would be great if you could research for the aerials. That could be a huge hint, thanks for thinking of that!

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