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Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec (Rick)
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2002 - 01:18 pm:   

Dear Anonymous,

We apologize for the delay in replying to your comments prior to the New Year's holiday. The following response is from the Superintendent of Parks regarding the irrigation systems at the Clark Middle School/Smith Elementary complex.

There are two separate irrigation systems at the Clark Middle School/Smith Elementary complex. The majority of the irrigation is the responsibility of the Frisco ISD and is controlled by their personnel. The area between the schools is the responsibility of the City of Frisco and the Parks and Recreation Department. Regular checks are performed by our irrigation employees and our controller is equiped with a rain sensor.

The practice area east of the tennis courts was over-seeded with rye grass in October. This may be what you are referring to. During the first couple of weeks we were lightly irrigating this area three times a day to achieve germination of the seed.

With more than twenty water zones, it is somewhat challenging to water around the school recess periods and football/soccer workouts. During regular irrigation periods, the practice areas are watered at night during sports seasons.

Should you have any further questions regarding this, please let me know.

Bobby Johnson,
Superintendent of Parks
(972) 335-5517

Posted on Monday, March 04, 2002 - 09:38 pm:   

I think it's really pathetic that we have so much water waste as mentioned above, and yet the severe mandatory water restriction that can be reached during summer prevents ALL watering, even for foundation maintenance!! Foundation-warping can be a massive cost to the homeowner, not to mention the huge inconvenience and headache also caused. (Or am I wrong? Can the city of Frisco prevent you from watering for foundation maintenance only? Or am I overreacting?) And yet, people water during the day, when the humidity levels are lowest (thus is the most ineffective time to water, and the most water is wasted). Or they water the street at night. I could care less about having nice green Lego pad yards, I'm just trying to prevent upwards of $20,000 damage to my house (should we proceed to Level 3 water ban during summer). I find this quite hypocritical, and a city that can do this is NOT my kind of place. Any clarification/investigation of problem is greatly appreciated.

Gary Hartwell, Director of Public Works (Gary)
Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2002 - 04:11 pm:   

Dear Jen:

The City of Frisco has three levels of water restrictions: voluntary, mandatory, and severe. The City has never implemented mandatory restrictions or severe restrictions. Our citizens have always responded well to our requests to voluntarily conserve water during the summer. Soaker hoses are exempt from the voluntary and mandatory restrictions. So you may use your soaker hoses for your foundation at any time. Severe restrictions would only be implemented for natural disasters or other catastrophies when our water supply must be conserved for public health and safety. I agree with you about wasting water. It would be nice if people could use good judgement when it comes to using water. If you have any other questions about water, please call me at your convenience at 972-335-5520.

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