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Ridgewood School District Violates Water Restrictions

Sprinklers seen shooting water on Glen School's field on Saturday – and other days, a resident claims – despite restrictions forbidding such use.

Although a reported  seems to indicate that residents have — by and large — abided by restrictions on lawn irrigation, the  hasn't been quite as responsible.

Salem Lane resident Frank Mason told the Ridgewood Village Council – which serves as Ridgewood Water's board of directors – that for the past week, he's observed the sprinklers on at The Glen School's playing field when they're not supposed to be.

stipulate that no watering is allowed to take place on Mondays and use of sprinklers is to follow an odd-even schedule, based on one's property number. The Glen School is located at 865 E. Glen Ave. and can irrigate with sprinklers on odd days.

"I got up Wednesday morning and at Glen Field all the sprinkler systems were working so I called up [the water department] and said, 'Isn't this a violation?'" Mason told the council. "They said we've talked to the board of ed and I'm sure it will be taken care of. Of course, I get up Thursday and it's the same thing."

According to Mason, it wasn't taken care of. The sprinklers were on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well, he said. The long-time resident claimed Ridgewood Water Director Frank Moritz did not make himself available to discuss the alleged violations.

Superintendent of Schools Daniel Fishbein confirmed the Glen School had improperly been watered, but said it only occurred on Saturday.

"I have personally informed our facilities people of the restrictions upon receiving the notice of the Saturday watering," he said.

Fishbein said he was not aware of other violations at other district properties.

Ridgewood Water officials did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. Village Manager Ken Gabbert also did not respond to questions posed by Patch.

Gabbert informed the council Wednesday night that , a 21 percent increase in about a week. Water restrictions remain in effect.

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Johnny Tran July 20, 2012 at 09:16 PM
relax? r u kiddin me? i never narc'd on nobody!
Paul July 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Jim Morgan for Superintendent!! Think about it Ridgewood. Less Taxes, More Water!!
Michael Sedon July 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Hey, chill out on the News Man. He has a wealth of historical Ridgewood knowledge. He knows where the town came from and how it got to where it is 65 years later. I bet his first quarterly tax bill was like $35. Not look at tax bills. That, in itself, is an incredible journey, and he's seen it all.
News Man July 21, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Thanks Mike Sedon, that mortgage rate was at 4% for the 450 home owner in the Ridgewood Lawns. I picked a location from a map right next door to an existing building owned by the inspector Mr. Bartell (Street named for the family) at that time. He provided me with quick solutions to property inprovements with this advice "Its your house do what you want".. Don't try that today. Now that was appreciated.. It took me 35 years, after several recastings for loans, business investments, kids education and etc, etc. etc, I paid off the mortgages. Oh well, I tried. and had my 1939 Underwood Typewriter bronzed. Nobody is getting that one. Now it's your turn Mike. (Dom)
News Man July 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Added note Mike, Mr. Bartell had his own well used water for lawns and garden. Water level only 6--7 feet down.

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