Editor's note: This letter was originally addressed to the Rifle City Council and citizens.
At last month's council meeting, I tried to have a person talk to the council about the city's water. I was refused to have her on the agenda. I was told she could be on citizen comments for three minutes. After five minutes, she was told her time was up.
How did they take it? No answer. This is my problem. No rebuttal, why did I waste my time? They say, "We do not hear from the citizens." Why should they come when they are not given time to talk to you, about your and their problems? You have become too formal in your meetings.
What really bothers me is the new water plant. Yes, they have been working on this for some time. Mostly in the workshop meetings. They say they are open to the public, if you know about them.
I am opposed to the reverse osmosis part of the new plant. The basic thing this does is, like in a car wash, it gives you spot-free rinse. The way I understand it, what the state of Colorado regulates is that you have good, clear, drinkable, pure water.
How did the city start thinking about reverse osmosis? Charles Stevens, who was in charge of the water plant, found a used one in Colorado Springs. Sold the city on it. What did this tell people? Rifle water is not good.
We used to say if you wanted to sell the City of Rifle something, you came in a three-piece suit with a brief case. Charles read the book, as he always dressed up when he came for money.
What happened to Charlie? He left town, just like some of the other things we are paying for.
John B. Scalzo