barrbower Posted April 6, 2022 Report Share Posted April 6, 2022 There was a Chapala government sponsored meeting yesterday which was to discuss the sewer issue in Riberas. Lots of officials from San Antonio, Chapala, SIMAPA, etc. and lots of glad-handing. I think about 150 folks in attendance all hoping, but not really expecting, a real plan could be the result. The property owners would have to pay one half of the cost in advance and within forty days before construction could begin. Fees based on property size. Plans call for a water treatment plant near the lake probably near San Lucas or San Mateo streets. Plans call for all of the streets to be torn up at the same time so the project can be completed in six months (?.) No plans to do water pipe delivery improvements, pot hole repairs, or rainwater runoff improvements. No mention of improving transitions between the highway and local streets. No mention of how folks who have septic tanks in backyards or under the house are going to get tied into the pipes in the streets. I'm guessing at their own expense and inconvenience. Basically it seemed to me to be a political ploy so they can say they tried to do the right thing. A better plan would be start with a treatment plant and connect the blocks nearest to the plant first, get things working correctly, and expand out from there so street access is not so adversely affected. Paying for it could come from a state fund, since Guadalajara draws water from the lake, or federal fund since the lake and it's shore are federal properties. Even if residents were to pay part, it should be a special assessment added to the annual property taxes over a period of years with an end date based on projected revenues from the increase. Lastly, residents should have a vote before anything that expensive and intrusive is begun. NOBODY trusts the local government to get the job done by residents paying in advance. Neither do we expect it to be done in a timely manner. Nobody expects it to work correctly when (if) completed. Nobody thinks the government will respond when complaints about these issues are voiced. This is just based on previous experience with local government entities. Alan 5 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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