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.