Letter to the Editor Asks Why GSD Should Provide Water at the Park
Remember opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect that of Redheaded Blackbelt nor have we checked the letters for accuracy.
I wanted to make the following constructive comments (IMHO) to the 27 letters of support submitted to the Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) and State Water Rights Control Board/Division of Water Rights (SWRCB), in reference to the GSD Petition to provide a single metered water connection to the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP).
After reading these public comments, I wanted to remind those 27 supporters of a couple of facts:
1. When the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP) took over operation of Tooby Memorial Park (Tooby) from the County (2004), Tooby had its own public water source/well, public drinking fountain and public water use for the onsite caretakers residents. We never knew why the SHCP Board dismantled the public drinking fountain and or why they never reinstalled it at some point.
2. If potable water at the SHCP was such an important, emotional and health concern, as stated in these 27 letters of support, then why did the SHCP conclude and state in their General Plan Amendment, Rezone and Final Environmental Impact Report, dated January 2017, the SHCP had “adequate supply of potable water” for all of its development plans from onsite sources within the SHCP property, and even stated they had laboratory water testing to verify it was potable and did not need GSD to provide potable water?
Maybe these people who wrote those impassioned letters of support should ask the SHCP Board, at their next public board meeting, where the “adequate supply of potable water” is located at the Park, where they can access this potable water and why they need potable water from GSD?
My last comment; what water is the SHCP currently providing to the people renting and living at the Park? And how are they able to provide water for domestic or residential use if that water is not safe to drink or consume?
Former resident and homeowner~1961-2015 Garberville/Redway