Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bob Dunning: Pumping sewage uphill’s no easy task


From page A2 | March 28, 2013 |

THE SLIPPERY SLOPE OF SEWAGE … I am stunned that the Davis City Council at its most recent meeting gave a thumbs down to partnering with the fine city of Woodland on sewage treatment … or, as Tom Sakash so ably described it on these very pages, the project “would have had Davis flush its wastewater up to Woodland’s existing plant.” … the only problem I can see with the plan is that Woodland sits at elevation 65 feet above sea level and Davis checks in at 52 feet above sea level, and the last time I checked with the chairman of the Sewage Studies Department at UC Davis, sewage does not flow uphill … all of which makes Dixon a much more likely candidate for our sewage than our friends in Woodland, no matter how hard we flush …

The council’s vote was 3-1 against, with Mayor Joe Krovoza the only dissenting vote … Councilman Dan Wolk, meanwhile, not wishing to get mired in the muck, was wisely absent …

FLUSHING MONEY DOWN THE TOILET … the worst part about the council’s refusal to share sewage disposal with Woodland is that city staff “estimated it would save ratepayers about $3 per month on average at the outset,” according to Tom Sakash’s front-pager … I don’t know about you, but that’s not chump change on my side of the tracks … that’s three bucks a month, per ratepayer, that could have been spent right here at home … I mean, do you realize what you could do with three dollars a month in this town? …

First, you can take the kids to that East Davis center of commerce, The Dollar Tree, and let all them all pick out one item from any aisle in the store … that is, if you have 3.0 kids or fewer … you can buy a couple of 40s of PBR at 7-Eleven, brown paper bag included, so you can walk the neighborhood undetected … you can buy three double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s or six copies of The Davis Enterprise or three-fourths of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline or an untold number of very sharp nails at Hibbert or one very small frozen yogurt with no toppings or one 30-ounce jar of Best Foods Mayonnaise or three Hass avocados or 1,496 gallons of Davis water at current prices …

Clearly, we could have used all that extra folding money in our wallets … I honestly don’t know what the council was thinking …

THE SWINGING GATE … my friend Jack asks “Might I suggest ‘free range’ because the GATE-less kids will be able to experience a kaleidoscopic education, not one tied to a perceived pathway to excellence.” … I like that word, Jack, even if I can’t pronounce it, given that we didn’t have a GATE program back in my days at the esteemed West Davis Elementary School … held me back, those other kids did …

COUNTDOWN TO CRUNCH TIME … remember, March Madness may be a fading memory even as we speak, but when it comes to your soon-to-be-soaring Davis water bill, May Madness is just around the corner … yes, the five-year escalator ride for our water rates begins on May 1 … so be prepared on April 30 to fill the bathtub, the kitchen sink and your underground storage tank, water the petunias and the just-emerging Beefsteak tomatoes and start showering at the athletic club … things are about to get very interesting in the old hometown …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net





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