&#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;Good friends of mine bought a home in AeneasValley in 1994. Their home has a septic system that was installed byprofessional installers at Herriman Speedy Septic Tank, Inc. Herriman, Inc.obviously did a great job on the installation, because my friends have neverhad any problem whatsoever with their septic system during the 16 years theyhave lived in their home.&#160;&#160;
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; You can thusimagine their surprise when they received a form letter from Okanogan CountyPublic Health (OCPH) which contained a long list of demands with which theymust comply immediately, if not sooner, regarding their septic system.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; When myfriends wrote a letter to OCPH to find out what was taking place, they receiveda November 10 reply from Dave Hilton, a director of OCPH. The bottom line here,in reading Mr. Hilton’s letter, is that the OCPH records don’t appear toinclude a building permit for my friend’s 1987 septic system installation.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; My friendscontacted Mrs. Herriman at Herriman Speedy Septic Tank, Inc. to tell her whatwas taking place and that it was necessary for her to send a copy of theirseptic permit to OCPH. She stated that all of the company’s records weredestroyed in a 2003 fire, thus she has no copy of the permit and that OCPH isfully aware of that fire.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; The plotthickens. An “as built” drawing of my friends septic system installation wassent to my friends attached to Mr. Hilton’s Nov. 10 letter, thus the OCPHobviously has a copy of this paperwork.&#160;According to the form letter first sent to my friends by OCPH, such adrawing “must be
submitted after the final inspection is complete.”There is no way, even in 1987, that the county would have sent an inspector toAeneas Valley to inspect this septic system unless the installer had first paidthe requisite fees. One must then conclude that the necessary fees were in factpaid in 1987.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; So what istaking place here? Many county residents have no paperwork at all for theirseptic systems while many others don’t even have a septic system and theyaren’t yet being bothered. The current situation obviously isn’t a publichealth issue because my friend’s septic system was professionally installed andhas never exhibited any problems. Even more important, even if they had noseptic system at all, one can make a very strong case for the claim that themost environmentally sound way to dispose of human waste is via an “outhouse,”where homes are reasonably spaced.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; This is eithera personal vendetta by the OCPH or the OCPH is striving to pad its budget viafines, fees and penalties. I can think of no other alternatives. (Why wait 23years for this enforcement action?&#160;Something obviously stinks here!)&#160;
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; If you are nothooked to a public sewer system and have any questions or concerns about whatis taking place, please feel free to contact OCPH, Mr. Dave Hilton, at (509)422-7140.
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; In closing,Mr. Hilton has told my friends that he will sic the prosecutor on them in caseof their “failure to provide proof of a valid permit or to initiate theapplication process —.”
&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Isn’t freedomwonderful!
&#160;Mason E Hess
As fate would have it, the firstwords I heard spoken by our new &quot;Speaker to be&quot; of the House ofRepresentatives expressed his intent to derail the new health care bill whichaccording to him was about to &quot;dismantle the best health care system inthe world.”
Hearing this I began to comprehendthe scope of the problem our congress has become.&nbsp;Whatever you may thinkof the re-structuring of our health care system, you would have to bedelusional to make such a statement.&nbsp;The U.S.A. ranks a dismal 35th on thescales of world health care. For this privilege we pay close to twice as muchas the next most expensive system (Switzerland, which of course has universalhealth care).
Shame on you John Boehner, this isno way to start a leadership role.
For anyone interested in a balanced account of our national situation regardinghealth care, I would suggest reading The Healing of America by TR Reid, aconcise and intelligent evaluation of our current health care quandary,equitably as compared to other existing systems.
How to prevail