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Something stinks about city and water

I received my water bill today and noticed the sewer rate increased again. It’s hard to believe we are not paying for all the new development and annexations.

Case in point: New apartments were built two streets above our residence. The city installed a pipeline through a vacant lot to release water on street below. The city put in a gutter and storm drain and then dug under same street to release water into another storm drain, which they installed to drain on our street. The problem? When it rains, water gushes down this side of street, causing wear and tear on the blacktop. The opposite side of street barely gets a trickle.



When we have no rain, this drain holds water. In summer especially, the water gets stagnant, it smells like sewer (the mosquitoes love it). When the upper homes water it releases this smelly water, which seems to me to be a health hazard.




When I asked the city to reroute or fix the problem, they just don’t have the money. (Nice excuse, huh?)

Their solution is to install a 2-inch pipe, which would not even come close to carrying all the debris this drain collects.

If a homeowner did such a boo boo, I bet the city would tell you to do it right. If you said “I don’t have the money,” they would say fix it or we will put a lien on your property. I wonder if we could put a lien on City Hall.

Dot Penaluna

Grass Valley


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