The Creswell Chronicle -

By Michelle Amberg
City Administrator- Creswell 

Briefs from the city administrator

 

May 3, 2018



Sprinkler spruce-up

When it comes to a home's irrigation system, a little maintenance goes a long way. Homes with clock timer-controlled irrigation systems use about 50 percent more water outdoors than homes without irrigation systems. Your system can waste even more if it's programmed incorrectly, a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction or you have a leak. Before you ramp up your watering efforts, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct and select.

Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. Better yet, go with a pro - find an irrigation professional certified by a WaterSense-labeled program to do the work for you.

Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month!

Direct. Make sure to direct your sprinklers so that they apply water only to the landscape - not the driveway, house or sidewalk.

Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste water and money. Update your system's watering schedule to align with the seasons, or select a WaterSense-labeled, weather-based irrigation controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

You can save even more water outdoors by incorporating water-smart landscaping principles into your landscape design. Visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/landscaping-tips.

Creswell sign code enforcement

You may be unaware that posting signs on utility poles is not allowed in Creswell. The prohibition includes garage sale signs and special event signs. The City strictly enforces this section of the municipal code. If you post a sign it will be removed and you may be subject to fines of up to $500 per violation.

Here is the language from Title 15.20 of the Creswell Municipal Code:

15.20.070 Prohibited signs.

H. Public Areas. No sign shall be placed on any curb, sidewalk, post, pole (utility or otherwise), hydrant, bridge, tree or other surface located on public property, public utility easement, public right-of-way, or over or across any street or public thoroughfare except expressly as authorized by this code.

As an alternative to attaching signs to utility poles you could ask local businesses if they would be willing to display your poster in their window. If you are having a garage sale you could advertise in the local newspaper. The Chronicle charges $6 per week for a garage sale notice.

 
 

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