She Said What?! The Truth About the Sewer Plant

Rumors1There is yet another rumor floating around the Village. This one relates to the sewer and it has nothing to do with “flushable” wipes (metaphors notwithstanding). This rumor concerns an assessment and some are insisting that the statement was made at the Annual meeting.

It is true that the City of Show Low has expressed interest in acquiring the Village sewer lift station. The City has done an initial inspection and has asked that some things be done so that the lift station complies with City requirements. This has been an ongoing negotiation and the Board has been preparing for the transfer.

In 2015 the Association foreclosed on Lot 30 in Unit 4 for non-payment of dues. The declarant had a mortgage on the lot. This meant that the Association would have to make payments on the lot until it was sold. However, “the declarant forgave the loan as a contribution to the Association to help with the costs to prepare the sewer pressure line and lift station for City acceptance”. This statement came directly from the 2016 Annual Meeting packet under 2015 Accomplishments. If you look at the meeting packet for the 2016 Annual Meeting or if you review the 2016 Annual Meeting Questions and Comments, nothing of this nature was ever said.

It is also true that there have been expenses to maintain the pumps as has been stated here. If you missed that, please refer to “Let’s Talk Dirty – As In Sewer” and “Toilets or Your Money – Pick One”. These costs are related to ongoing maintenance and have nothing to do with preparing the sewer pressure line and lift station for City acceptance. Associations levy assessments when there is an emergency and not enough money to cover it or when the Association has not collected enough over the years to build an adequate reserve fund. Neither of those things is in play in the Village.

The rumor that the Association will be assessing $50,000 (or any amount, for that matter) to prepare the sewer for City acceptance is false. You will only be paying for ongoing maintenance, which, incidentally, is in your budget. Remember that rumor mongers only derive pleasure when someone believes them. Rumors should be flushed down the toilet along with other detrital material.

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Yellow is the Color of My True Love’s Hair, In the Morning, Till She Bathes …

valveThen it’s red! Rust in household water can be disconcerting, annoying and aggravating. If you’ve experienced it, welcome to the club that includes – well – almost everyone. Iron, frequently in the form of rust, is commonly found in residential water systems everywhere, including Vacation Village.

When my wife, Liz McCarty, asked me about the “problem” of rust in water, I was all too happy to climb on my chemical engineer’s soapbox and talk about it. I’ll spare you the details I gave her lest I put you to sleep like I did her. But I’ll be happy to summarize my comments.

Yes, rust in the water can cause problems. However, if these were the worst problems you ever faced, your life would be a paradise. If you see rust in your water, don’t wash your light colored clothes unless you want a light pink tint to them. There can be a slight odor to the water if the source of the rust is long standing, rust laden sediments that have been stirred up due to a maintenance operation or an inordinately high water flow such as that caused by fire hydrant testing. An iron related bacteria can give the water a bit of an “air” that may be slightly offensive.

With that said, you can now go back to listening to Judy Collins sing about hair color. There’s nothing more to worry about. The fact of the matter is the odor and the bacteria that caused it are completely harmless to humans. The rust itself is also completely harmless. In fact, it’s probably beneficial. Remember, people spend lots of money on iron supplements. Just have another glass of water.

When Liz broached the subject to me, I asked to see a recent water test report for The Village. As I perused the report, I found every measure of water quality under the sun … EXCEPT iron content. The reason for this is that the scientists who concern themselves with water quality are confident that iron (rust) in drinking water does NOT present any kind of health hazard. There is no reason for concern other than pink underwear and that’s Joe Arpaio’s problem.

So what can you do about the non-problem? You can install a high priced filter that is only somewhat effective, expensive to maintain and offers more frustration than it averts. The best approach to reducing iron in the water is to simply let your water run so that any suspended iron from disturbed sediments flows down the drain. Actually, it would be better to fill your watering pots with it; your plants will thank you. Letting your water flow for a minute or so is especially beneficial if you haven’t run your water for an extended period of time or if you know that the water system has undergone a major maintenance operation recently.

In reality, the best approach to having small quantities of iron or rust in your water is to put a smile on your face and not lose any sleep over it. Maybe you can even cut back on the number of iron supplements you take. You might just jump in the shower and sing to your heart’s content without giving the water a second thought.

Speaking of singers, wouldn’t “Rusty Waters” be a great name for a blues singer?

Exiting the ZOOOO

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/_E14mPFo8Lo/maxresdefault.jpgIt’s probably been a while so it’s time to review how to get out of Dodge in the event of a fire or other emergency that would require rapid departure. We know we can leave via Vacation Village Drive which exits onto White Mountain Road. However, there are three other outlets. These are emergency exits and were required by the City of Show Low before approval of the different units.

Before we discuss those exits, let’s define “emergency”. Merriam-Webster defines emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action”. During the recent Cedar Fire, Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside were under a pre-evacuation notice. This would not be an emergency as this notice was issued giving people enough time to gather important papers and medications and to make decisions on what to do with pets. If the pre-evacuation order had been turned into an actual evacuation, there would have been time to leave in an orderly fashion. This should not have resulted in a panic situation.

An emergency might occur as a result of a fire that starts in or very near the Village and is moving quickly. Under such a circumstance there might not be time to leave with anything but your life. In an instant such as this, you might feel compelled to use one of the three other exists. All three exit onto Ellsworth Road via breakaway or “crash” gates. Next time you are out for a walk make a mental note of where they are located. There is a gate at Elizabeth and Ellsworth Heights Road in Unit 2, a gate at Recreation Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road and a gate at Mule Skinner Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road, both in Unit 4. These gates are fairly low and each is secured with a set of three padlocks (one is a fire department lock). Unlocking any of the three opens the gate.  However, you need only be concerned with the combination padlock. Most have been given the combination for these padlocks but here it is again – ZOOOO.

If you find yourself first in line at one of the crash gates and feel like there is no time to get out of your car to use the combination (ZOOOO), simply “crash” through the gate. It was designed for this. Yes, you will damage your vehicle but the people behind you will be grateful. Another option is to lay back and wait for someone else to crash through it first. However, by that time, you could have used the combination (ZOOOO) and saved your vehicle. Or, make “first through the gate” assignments on an annual rotating basis. Everyone gets a turn.

Let us hope we never have a situation where you would need to use the emergency exits. However, now new residents are aware and residents who have been at the Village for some time are reminded of how to get out quickly and safely if the need arises. ZOOOO!