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Published: Saturday, July 20, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

There’s been much said about the previous mayoral administration shoving the new well ordinance down our throats. What should be looked at is the Rock Falls City Council members who blindly voted unanimously for it, without a thought to the people they’re supposed to represent.

Did they go to the people and get their input before voting? No, they simply did as they were told. Did they consider some people wouldn’t be able to afford to hook up?

I’ve spoken to people on fixed incomes and working-class poor who simply don’t have the means to comply with this ordinance. What’s the city going to do when the deadline arrives and these people haven’t hooked up? Foreclose on them and throw them into the street?

When I mentioned the hook-up cost, one councilman said, “Do you know what it cost me to hook up?” I replied, “I don’t care, you wanted to hook up.” Fortunately, I’m able to do the work myself; many people can’t, so they must hire professionals.

My plumber said the average expense for just his services to hook up is between $2,000 and $3,000. So, for all 248 well owners to hook up, it could cost $744,000 plus related expenses. Compliance could run to more $1 million for well owners.

As Ed Kobbeman stated, there’s never been a recorded problem with private wells inside city limits. The city cannot say the same for its water. The city water is harder than my well water, so it will cost me more to soften its water.

Evidently, our councilmen must be independently wealthy, because they don’t think this is a hardship on the Rock Falls citizens. Next election, it will be time to show your disapproval and replace these council members with someone willing to represent the people.

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