5/27/2014 11:36:00 AM Letter: Are level four water restrictions right for every water user in the city?
To the editor:
On May 22, I made a presentation to the Williams City Council in hopes of receiving a variance on level four water restrictions.
The request was in order to grow a smaller version of the garden that supports my own food supply as well as community activities (local seed development, 4-H, student tours, the Williams Food Bank and Williams Animal Action Group). I was able to show off the compost and the seep, drip and trickle water systems that conserve so much water.
Though I was asking to use only a small portion of my allotted quota of water on food plants only, the request was denied.
However, not being quick witted, I did not respond effectively to two points brought up at the meeting.
One, the city attorney stated there could be no exemptions or variances to level four restrictions. Male bovine excrement! There is hardly a city ordinance that has not received an exemption for someone (reduced impact fees and eye sore signage allowed for business interests are examples).
Second, Councilman Don Dent asked if this variance was given to me, what was to prevent everyone else from coming to ask for one. Well, Mr. Dent, we live in a representative democracy. Everyone has the right to come before the council to seek consideration and redress. Anyone who can show they are water frugal, growing food and generous with their community outreach should be favored over profligate water users.
I'd like to thank the many gardeners, business owners, community leaders and friends who attended the city council meeting in support of the Kaliche-Peace Garden.