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12/16/2009 8:10:00 AM
Residents speak out against proposed water ordinance

Jerry Herrmann
Special to Review

While the 88-page double-spaced water conservation and sustainability proposed ordinance wasn't on the Chino Valley Town Council's agenda Thursday it didn't keep residents from speaking out against it.

Richard Butler of the Paulden Area Community Organization, asked the council to look at the impact any importation from Paulden to Chino Valley will have on Paulden area wells.

Mayor Jim Bunker assured him Paulden's residents would have an opportunity to give comments on the proposed ordinance.

Another member of the audience said he hoped the council has Water Resources Director Mark Holmes rewrite the proposed water ordinance. "It sounds very dictatorial. Criminal fines for water use offenses don't go. A fine for a three-foot by three-foot water puddle is ridiculous."

Norma Bennett, who has lived in Chino Valley for 25 years, said, "It is an unacceptable ordinance. This is not how we want to live. Leave our water alone."

Ken Lain, owner of Watters Design & Water Garden, said it would be nice to have a committee where all the interested parties could hash this out. "We need to put it together so all can rally behind it. That is the way to calm down the sentiment in the community and gain its support.

Vice Mayor Ron Romley reminded the standing-room crowd that the council has set study sessions early next year. "We did have committees before and had five people show up," he said.

Councilwoman Gloria Moore said, "We can't win. The 80-page ordinance is big. We will come back with small bites and deal with each issue so people can digest it easier."

Mayor Jim Bunker said they plan to have five or six study sessions on the proposed ordinance.

Randy Carpenter, who has lived in Chino Valley since 1969, said, "It is hard to believe residents can't have evaporative coolers. I feel some provisions of this proposed ordinance should be in the building code."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009
Article comment by: Kale

You do know that the water restrictions are only for the water they import from the Big Chino. This will mostly go to new development. They need to get as much water as possible to put back in the Verde River to avoid degrading the flow at the headwaters and to avoid lawsuits.

Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2009
Article comment by: JM

ok i don't under stand chino's idea's alot of them don't make sence. First the round-abouts that some people have problems driving thru and now they trying to force every one into the sewer & water project that will cause more bills most don't need or can't afford rite now y should i have to pay MORE MONEY for water from the city when i aready am paying the electric bill for my pump. and not they are saying we can't have swamp coolers because they use to much water. But they are cheaper to use VS. A/C Units that waste power. and with the economy in it's current state i feel the city believes more laws so they can write more tickets and fines is the answer but yet they are talking about puutting in more round-abouts at the low low price of 1 - 1.5 mill. thats alot of money wouldn't it be better anyways to put in stop lites. i guess i'm just stupid and don't under stand. Sorry CHINO valley i just don't get it!

Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2009
Article comment by: No name provided

Good idea to tackle individual issues one at a time. Not sure why there is such a hue and cry against sustainability of the water resource. Chino Valley is on the right track.

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