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Pool Construction vs Emergency Regulations

From: domainremoved <Thomas>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:24:20 -0700

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

I appreciate your time and consideration in looking into this matter, and
look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Tom McDonough
Received on Wed Oct 29 2014 - 12:20:06 PDT

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