The ‘rights’ belong to you
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I used an inheritance received from my parents to buy the lot on 100 West and Walnut Lane. A group of us re-purposed the non-profit corporation Canyonlands Community Recycling into the Resiliency Hub. I donated the land to RH stipulating that it would be made into a permanent public garden.

At great expense and with a huge amount of volunteer effort, we created a peaceful and verdant space we called the CommuniTea Garden. Lush with flowers, pollinators and biodiversity, it became a wonderful place for many public gatherings. It was a nice place to sit, relax and think surrounded by a bit of nature.

A couple of weeks ago and without seeking any advanced feedback from the RH Board, Moab City commenced to disembowel the garden with heavy machinery and stab through it with a sewer line. This done, Moab City set its sites on consummating the slaughter, intending to smother a huge swath of the garden with a 10-foot-wide, 70-foot-long slab of concrete.

When confronted, Moab City officials squawked that this was their “right.” They stated that this sterile, lifeless, concrete abomination was a mere “sliver.”

“Would they please narrow it from 10 feet to 5 feet like most other sidewalks in Moab?” I pleaded. No they would not.

“Would they please do cut-outs to allow for some vegetation and a tree or two in their monstrous slab?” I begged. No way. Not a chance.

“Why not?” I asked. Apparently the engineer’s plans were sacred and already locked into everybody’s computer. Shamefaced, they mumbled it was too late to change anything. Their concrete-spewing juggernaut must savage onward unchecked.

Those “rights” that city officials claim as their own actually belong to the citizens of Moab. Their government jobs also belong to the public. They are allowed to serve the public and amass juicy paychecks until we taxpayers say otherwise.

Please speak up and contact the mayor’s office or write a letter to the editor if this uninspired and unimaginative paving of Moab’s green places it not what you want for our town.

–Jay Nethercott


P.S. I resigned as a Resilency Hub board member in order to be able to speak freely.

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