There is a disturbing precedent being set in our wonderful community. Inaccurate information concerning the Riverfront Reclamation Plant is being circulated and a portion of its source material is a personal email between the Cottonwood city manager and the Cottonwood mayor. How was it possible that this email exchange has become public fodder?
As a council member, I would like to know. I am perfectly aware that as a public official, all my emails may be requested at any time, however there is a certain procedure to follow for a public records request. I was comfortable in knowing that any email in which I communicate concerns or am very frank in my discussions were to remain between myself and the mayor/council member receiving the email. And if they did feel it was necessary to provide that email to someone else, especially for public consumption, they would have the courtesy of contacting me first to either ask or state they were going to use it.
First let’s address the content of the information. It focused on the Riverfront Reclamation Plant. Contrary to what has been published, the location of the new facility had absolutely nothing to do with the ability to inject water into the aquifer but rather, the ability to use the reclaimed water on the city’s largest park (Riverfront) as well as the need to eliminate the immediate need to replace force-mains from Lift Station 3 to 4, which alone could have cost the city between $5 million to $6 million.
This would also provide a cumulative savings as approximately 300,000 gallons of effluent are being pumped uphill from Station 3 that soon can be treated at the new site with reclaimed water to be used…
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