July 3 Letters to the Editor | RecordCourier.com

July 3 Letters to the Editor

A couple riding a tandem bicycle descend Ebbetts Pass on June 28, the first day it was re-opened following the Washington Fire closure.
Brad Coman |

Lake needs to fix own toilet


You neighbors at Lake Tahoe in Douglas County have a problem. You have a broken toilet. It happens to be broken down here in Carson Valley. The problem was noticed years ago when someone found that your wastewater treatment ponds, down here in the Valley leaked, potentially into the groundwater. We down here in the Valley have problems too, one of which is flooding.

Douglas County Sewer Improvement District No. 1 thinks they have a solution to fixing the broken toilet by helping us out with some flood control, and building a gravel pit all at the same time.

Does this sound familiar? Like a bill going through Congress. Bill A turns into Bill B, which turns into Bill C, which looks nothing like Bill A. And nothing gets done.

The district’s plan will start with a gravel pit, complete with asphalt, concrete, gravel and trucks out in East Valley and Highway 395.

First they will start digging a hole for the new improved toilet. Of course how fast that hole gets dug depends on the need for gravel.

If and when they sell enough gravel to dig a suitable sized hole in Buckeye Creek, they will then call that a flood retention-control pond. This may take a few years and the flood control would only affect a handful of folks. One of them being me. It might eventually stop stormwater from going over East Valley Road at Buckeye Creek during a major storm. Currently, water goes under the roadway until, and if, it reaches a volume when it is forced into spillways and then across the road. By design. It may be inconvenient, but it works. Remember that a storm of that size will have caused other more severe problems elsewhere in the Valley, affecting a whole lot more folks who would get no relief from this.

And the toilet still is not fixed. A few folks might not have water in their yards but the gravel pit is doing just fine.

Maybe just once we could fix one problem. And we can. How about the sewer improvement district does sewer improvements, float a bond, and fix the existing pond. Yep. That means a rate increase for the folks with the broken toilet. Let the county figure out where it would affect the most folks to do some flood control work, and go do it. And I will bet my last $5 that if there is a need for gravel, some enterprising private sector guys will find a way to make a buck selling gravel.

The sewer district’s plan to save money, by their own admission, could take anywhere from five to 40 years before anything gets fixed.

If the district had focused on the broken toilet when they realized we had a problem, it could have and should have been fixed by now. And yet, it may not be fixed in the next 20 years. But we would have a new gravel pit. Sound anything like Plan A?

Martin Olavarri


Good service makes happy customers


My husband and I are, and always have been, appreciative of good service more than anything else.

A while back we purchased a tree from Rice Landscape on Highway 88. The tree, after two and a half months didn’t look good at all, so I called them. Rob and Kathy Rice were here the next day to look at it. They explained that some of the trees they had purchased from Idaho had been frozen prior to that time. They were unaware of which ones were affected.

They told us they were sorry and to come in and pick out something to replace it. They even recommended a tree that typically does well here in this area.

We did just that and even though they were extremely busy at the time, within 10 days we had our new tree looking beautiful in our front yard. We were treated with respect and felt valued, something I believe is important to most consumers.

Thank you for your good service Rob and Kathy.

Judie and Lee Hartwick