Northstar Pond aerators are effective

By From page A8 | October 24, 2013

After reading Andy Bale’s recent letter concerning the Northstar Pond with his expert opinions on the health of the pond, I had to chuckle at his comments. The simple fact is that when the aerators run for approximately eight hours a day there is no “pond scum” (what us uneducated people call the condition) and thus there is no stench.

When the “scum” covers the pond there are millions of little bugs covering the area surrounding the pond and as we walk on the pathways we have learned to keep our mouths shut.

City parks employees say the aerators were turned off because Bale said they were making too much noise. Many of us have walked out of the park, down the street and stood in front of his house and could barely hear any noise.

Our point is that the park is for everyone and that not everyone will like everything. I sent a letter to Dave Luckscheider, who is charge of the parks, with 74 signatures asking that the aerators be turned back on for eight hours a day. The signatures were collected on three 20-minute walks.

We are all regular walkers around the pond and we know that when the aerators run for eight hours, seven days a week there is no scum, no smell, no bugs. We love the sound of the aerators. Canada geese and other wildlife would swim through the fountains. Luckscheider didn’t bother to respond to my letter with the 74 signatures.

We do not want the city to buy a fountain! My parents live adjacent to the park and they would love to have the awful noise of the aerators. Their yard backs up to Anderson Road and they listen to cars, trucks, buses as well teenagers with their stereos blasting all day and night. No one complains about that; that is just part of life.

We have been walking in the Northstar Park for 20 years and if Bale gets rid of the aerators I guess we will just have to find something else to enjoy. Maybe the pond should be emptied, cemented over and made into a skateboard arena.

S. Peaders

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