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Re: Pool Construction vs Emergency Regulations

From: domainremoved <Thomas>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:06:08 -0700

Hi Jesse -Thank you for your reply.

I am in the Cal Water District and copied them with this email a few days
ago along with other interested parties and residents.

In my original email I was quoting the Cal Water drought regulations. Cal
Water does specifically state that pools can not be filled or refilled. You
can see my confusion that when city reviews/issues pool construction
permits while the Cal Water drought regulations specifically forbid the
filling/refilling of pools.

Also there appears to be a lack of communication/coordination between the
City and Cal Water regarding the drought regulations. I find very
dis-concerning I hope it will be improved on by City Staff. All it took
was a phone call to from me to Cal Water to verify this information.

In the meantime, the Mayor has been in contact with Cal Water management
which I suspect will result in more clarity and a direction to take. I want
to thank the Mayor for taking time out of his busy schedule to look into
this matter. I look forward to hearing what the results of those
conversations.

Sincerely,
Tom McDonough
455 San Mateo Drive



On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> Tom,
>
>
>
> We understand your concern in allowing pools to be constructed and then
> filled during a time when we need to conserve our water resources. The
> City of Menlo Park’s Municipal Water District supplies water to residents
> and businesses located east of El Camino Real and the Sharon Heights area.
> If you reside in the area between El Camino Real and Sharon Heights, then
> you receive water from the California Water Service. You may wish to
> contact them directly with your concern at 650-561-9709 or
> www.calwater.com. Here is a map on the City’s website that clearly
> identifies the water district boundaries:
> https://mapsengine.google.com/map/u/0/viewer?mid=zVsOqhaqB9Vg.kapZhWp2e-KE
> .
>
>
>
> If you are a Menlo Park Municipal Water District customer, on November 18,
> 2014, there will be a City Council public hearing to adopt an amended Water
> Shortage Contingency Plan. If adopted, and the City Council approves
> implementing Stage 2 of the amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan, there
> will not be a restriction to construct new pools or fill them. You can
> view the amended Water Shortage Contingency Plan at
> http://www.menlopark.org/150/Urban-Water-Management-Plan.
>
>
>
> *Jesse T. Quirion*
>
> Interim Public Works Director
>
> City of Menlo Park
>
> E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
>
> P: 650-330-6744
>
>
>
> *From:* Thomas McDonough [mailto:tmmcdonough_at_(domainremoved)
> *Sent:* Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:24 PM
> *To:* _CCIN
> *Cc:* editor_at_(domainremoved)
> *Subject:* Pool Construction vs Emergency Regulations
>
>
>
> Dear Mayor Mueller -
>
>
>
> I am following up our phone conversation from last week regarding the
> construction of pools during the worst drought in California history.
>
>
>
> Recently I became aware of proposed construction of two pools in Central
> Menlo, one of which is at a my neighbor’s. I want to be clear: I have
> absolutely no axe to grind with my neighbor building a pool. On the other
> hand I am at odds with pools being permitted construction during a drought,
> as Rule 14.1 of the Water Conservation and Rationing Plan emergency
> regulations specifically prohibits the use of water in filling those pools.
>
>
>
> Additionally, it’s my understanding from Staff that once constructed, said
> pools will deteriorate if not filled with water. So essentially the City is
> tacitly encouraging the construction of an expensive property feature which
> is actually illegal to maintain, and nearly guaranteed to fail.
>
>
>
> That the City is permitting the construction of pools during emergency
> drought conditions sends a confusing message to the public. I doubt the
> pool permit fees generated are so great that their revenue loss would be
> missed.
>
>
>
> I appreciate your time and consideration in looking into this matter, and
> look forward to hearing your thoughts.
>
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Tom McDonough
>
Received on Fri Oct 31 2014 - 11:02:04 PDT

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