As usual, the City has done nothing about it. That's the sweeping conclusion from 260 today over a sewer hookup to the otter tank at the Thompson Park Zoo.
" In 2003, city officials recognized that the exhibit needs to be connected to a sanitary sewer service. But as is typical with the city government, nothing has yet been done about it.," reads today's tome.
Who are they blaming ? The editorial says a plumbing deficiency was identified by the City in 2003. That was prior to my current tenure as mayor, so I will take their word for it as they had a senior staffer on the Zoo board at the time.
Unless my memory fails me, the issue has never been raised by the Conservancy, the media, current Council members or staff in the ensuing years. On many occasions I have advocated for enhanced sanitary facilities for humans and it has been an uphill battle. Never was there discussion of a sewer line to the otter tank, although as a citizen, a taxpayer and a supporter of the notion of having the Zoo, I would say put it in, although as a non-micromanager , I don't know how long a span would be needed to access a sewer main.
A polite letter or phone call over those years would have gotten a response I am sure from me or any of my colleagues. Polite usually trumps snarky. At least that's what my life experience has taught me.
Watertown Daily Times | Fix the problem: Zoo’s otter exhibit should be connected to sanitary sewer service