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Letter to the Editor: Sprinklers on bad form

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West Haven


In my business travels no matter where I go, domestic or abroad, I still call Price "home".

And when I proudly state that I was born and raised in Price, there are some who jokingly refer to my birthplace as "Mayberry U.S.A.". Sometimes they're joking, and sometimes they are mocking, but I just think they are jealous.

But it was so nice to be back "home" during the annual International Days celebration and I was looking forward to being able to go and watch the parade with my family. We planned ahead and got there early to secure a good spot where all of us could enjoy the festivities. Imagine my surprise when we arrived and selected a spot on Main Street to the north of the County courthouse to find the sprinklers on.

It was 10 a.m. in the morning, on a Saturday, and the sprinklers were on. And they stayed on until the parade was over well after noon. They stayed on long enough that there was a steady stream of water running over the sidewalks causing many families to have to pick up their belongings and move to a dryer location.

I was very unimpressed that the county or city or whomever was in charge allowed this to happen.

I understand the residents have been asked to water either early in the morning, or later in the evening to conserve water.

Apparently this is not required of the local government agencies; apparently they can water in the heat of the day or whenever they want. Even if the sprinklers were on a timer, how could someone not have known about the parade and what would be happening on this Saturday and not make adjustments?

If the intent was to keep people off of the grass then barriers could have been put up and water wouldn't have been overflowing onto the sidewalks and onto people's belongings.

This watering went on too long and was too well timed to be an oversight or an accident. Someone wanted the water on and so they left it on.

This one small incident marred an otherwise very fun day. Things like this are why others mock us and what makes us look like Mayberry U.S.A. to outsiders.

To the person or persons who made the decision to have the water on, all I can say is it was bad form. This was an opportunity for the community to shine and celebrate our proud history.

But instead it was an embarrassment of the local government, that of all of the buildings on Main Street, it was the only one with the sprinklers on.

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