Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Incumbents value life, safety and health

    Vote for our citizen’s life, safety, and health; Larry Plott, Barb Patterson and Amber Avila. Decisions made on fact, truth and respect for our citizens and visitors alike.
    As a member of the Triangle Irrigation District, the Howard Preserve Department of Environmental Quality mitigation site concerns me greatly. As DEQ stated, “That remedy was specific to the current and intended use of the preserve as a nature preserve, not as a recreation area.” The only things that would be allowed to continue would be the current uses. I value new recreation in this community but I value the health of our city’s citizens and youth more. I do not value recreation that puts our citizens at risk. There is no safe level of lead when exposed to humans. The lead containment removed consisted of six inches to 10 inches removed in a small patch which was tested and confirmed of having lead at levels exceeding public use at depths of up to 10 feet. The DEQ analysis was exhausted at $100,000 for this patch only.
    This council acted on facts that there is no safe level of lead to have our citizens and visitors exposed to. Life, safety and health was most important in determining to not support Craig Wolfrom’s kayak wave park in its proposed location utilizing supporting DEQ’s Brownfield restrictions in the Howard Preserve. This council has upheld no increase of public use in this Howard Preserve Area as were imposed on the city following the remedial site work. No increase of public use has been allowed over and above the two-night event for the Haunted Forest, as DEQ stipulated the current use at the time of the cleanup which was two public trails, one near the river bank and one near the canal, a two-night event for the Haunted Forest and its use as a nature preserve. As of today DEQ has not issued any relaxation of the restrictions on this site, despite a site visit from a new DEQ employee this last spring, and the Army Corp has no jurisdiction on this site, contrary to Wolfrom’s claims.
Pepin Corso-Harris


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