To the Editor:
Having attended many meetings (City Council, EQAB, budget), I understand the rationale behind building the holding tanks proposed for the city. I have heard about gravity, clay soil, pumps, federal fines, tax increases, rate increases, rate increases, and the following year, rate increases. I have looked long and hard at the giant holding tank in Knox County on the road leading from Middlebrook Pike to Sam’s (it’s on the right) and looked at maps of the city to ascertain alternate locations. I also picked up a copy of the rate study at the Council work session Monday night.
I really hate to say it, but I think the city has gotten it right. It’s one of those “death and taxes” things. However, I would like to propose a solution to the “big, white, ugly blight on the landscape” inevitability. Let’s start out by painting all of them green. In Oak Ridge that is the best camouflage color.
Then, let’s sponsor a contest to design and over-paint each of them in the best city-scape-rain barrel-trompe l’oeil tradition and invite all the universities, colleges, schools, and any other groups to submit designs to a judging committee. The three winning groups then proceed to paint the ugly things in a manner that exemplifies all the good things about the city and the region. The winning groups also provide their own paint and artists. Let’s bring the community together from the very beginning rather than trying to justify the unjustifiable.