Letter: $5,300 for a 4-inch pipe?
Complex farm issues
My father-in-law is a farmer in southwest Minnesota who raises a small herd of natural beef cattle breed called Aubric and he was at one time a small dairy farmer. He also taught artificial insemination (AI) classes for many years as area dairy producers. Mary Boland’s recent column noted that the organic farms are paid by the farms to be certified. That is correct, as under law the farmer pays the U.S. Department of Agriculture an annual fee to be inspected and to be certified. So we and the farmer pay our government to certify these farms.
On my second point, you make it sound that AI is designed to make the animals fat and cannot stand or move. Now when they are using AI, they are making the cows pregnant, so they are going to get fat because they are pregnant.
As we use AI or in vitro fertilization humans, they, too, get fat, and why? They are pregnant. We need to understand what AI is being used for. A bull for example can breed multiple cows during the breeding season without AI, as nature can dictate. So if we were to use your example by implying that we need more bulls for dairy cows, then this gives us a conundrum with your theory, as this would lead us to more beef needing to be sold as time goes on instead of less, as you are promoting eating less beef than we are currently consuming.
Your opinion was informative but I would suggest that all our readers and students do the research and learn what a farm has to go through to be certified and how it operates to bring food to our table. There is no simple answer, but we can educate ourselves and work with our legislators and other countries so we can increase the quality of all our food sources that we consume.
$5,300 for a 4-inch pipe?
On March 4, I received a call from the city of Glenwood Springs informing me of plans of putting in a new water main in the wing streets of Grand Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets, which would be providing water to about 20 properties. My conversation was about updating our water line to my property on Grand. This update would provide for the future of any properties that would like to have a fire suppression system.
The city wanted a decision by March 7 (three days later). The city will put in a new 8-inch line and wanted to know if I would upgrade my water line from the size that it is now (my water tap size is unknown by the city), to a 2-inch or a 4-inch. They told me if we stay with the same size, there wouldn’t be any charge to the property owners, but if we upgrade, there would be a charge to us.
I told them I am interested in upgrading, as long as it is fair and reasonable. My thoughts are to upgrade now while CDOT is building a new bridge and new pedestrian area under the bridge, with new sidewalks. If every one of the properties upgrades now, this would eliminate someone closing and digging up the new sidewalk in the foreseeable future. Then we would have to live with the patched sidewalk for the life of the new bridge.
I wanted to know in advance what the cost would be for my property, and he didn’t really have an answer, but said that a 4-inch new tap into the building would be about $5,300, Where is the fairness in that figure? The city is going to dig a trench to put in a water main and replace the existing water line with a new water line that is the same size, at no cost to the property owners.
The labor will be same to the city for the new water main whether we upgrade or not. It would not be a big job to do, when you have an open trench and replacing the pipe anyway. Make it fair to the property owners during this time of construction and disruption. If each property pays $5,300 times the 20 properties, that would be $106,000.00. This is not fair at all.
This should be part of CDOT’s design, plan and cost to finish the job for the future.
For the time that it is going to take to build the bridge, the impact on many businesses/property owners in the areas affected by the construction, will all of them survive the length of time, without any help from CDOT? Time will tell. Don’t add any additional cost on the property owners after their revenue could be greatly reduced.
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