Water company fencing put up for public safety
A lot people have noticed the new, sixfoot fence enclosing the almost-empty lot behind Fast Gas, put up late last year by the Kenwood Village Water Company. It was done for public safety at a cost of $10,000, according to Penngrove Kenwood Water Company president Jim Downey, who owns the private company. The company provides most of the drinking water for people living in Kenwood Village. He stated the reasons for putting up the fence in the December water bill sent to customers: “Over recent months, our operators have found repeated instances where one or more unknown individuals have defecated on the property, usually near the pumping station. When we do annual and semiannual weed abatement on the property, we find numerous empty liquor and beer bottles, indications of on-site drinking and whatever associated activities, on the property. The company regards these as threats to the public safety, specifically your safety. We are building the fence to remove these and any other unsafe activities that may occur on the property. We recognize that some people have previously used access across the property as a shortcut from walking around the property, and we apologize for any inconvenience that the fence may cause; but, regretfully, such is the requirement to protect the safety of all of us in our current society.”
The letter was dated Nov. 25 and signed by both Downey and Julie Cavaz, manager. It was shared with the state employee who oversees water health issues at the Division of Drinking Water of the State Water Resources Control Board.