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EDITOR, Daily News:
Every year when the Wastewater Division puts out the information “Be Careful What Goes Down The Drain,” (Ketchikan Daily News, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019), I think that I should really ask some questions. This year I decided to do it.
I think putting this information out is very important, but the following items cause me concern:
The recommendation is “don’t use the sewer to dispose of food scraps.” However, borough code allows installation of garbage disposals in sinks, which is in direct conflict with this instruction. What do you really want us to do?
The second item of concern is “don’t pour paint or paint thinners down the drain.” What do you suggest we do instead? Replace all painting equipment after each use? Or will the city provide someplace to do such cleaning?
Because I hope I have your attention, I’ll mention a couple of similar items that show up when the city and the Public Works Department put out the rules for snow removal.
Citizens are cautioned not to move snow into the street, but often that’s really the only option they have. Suggestions?
We are told we have to have our sidewalks cleared in the morning, but the city has ignored its own edict. For example, the sidewalks around the Centennial parking lot were rarely plowed last year and were dangerous to walk on.
I hope that bringing these issues to your attention will result in positive action toward their resolution or at least development of some options that residents can use to help the city and its employees.