City of Ashland Issue #3 How Can Stromberg Have the Chutzpah to Run Again?

City of Ashland Issue #3 

Electric Utility – 10 by 20 City Ordinance

Mayor Stromberg spent three years beginning in 2017 in conversation with two citizens: a retired structural engineer and solar advisor and an SOU physics professor emeritus.  Their conversations were about implementing the 10 by 20 ordinance:  10 MegaWatts of new, local and renewable energy for Ashland to be constructed by 2020. The 2016 council passed the ordinance unanimously and these gentlemen and others collected 5,000+ Ashland signatures supporting the ordinance.

Their conversations ended with the mayor dead-ending the first step of implementation.  The first step was a request for a $25,000 feasibility study for a solar farm on the Imperatrice property.  It never happened.  The mayor failed to carry out the request of a council and 5,000+ citizens.  The mayor and a staffer met with Ashland’s electricity supplier, BPA, which is resistant to the project. No significant attempt to work with BPA was made and, worse, the new contract with BPA is now under negotiation. This would be a perfect opportunity to make, belatedly, it possible for Ashland to be more in charge of our electric supply and boost our local resilience. Here it is 2020 – no movement toward making Ashland at least 10% renewable and local.  The mayor even rejected conversation with another mayor’s request to work together with Ashland on renewable energy.  He failed to lead!

Water –  Severe Drought Conditions

Southern Oregon is in another emergency – extreme drought conditions with a high probability of a large forest fire in Southern Oregon.  Our current mayor has done little communicating to us about the reality of the drought and the threat of forest fires.

Here is information that the public needs to have:

What is the state of our water supply?

            What is the daily flow of the two main sources of our water supply, the East and the West Fork Creeks that supply Reeder reservoir with water?  Where is this posted on the city website?

            What is the “real” capacity of Reeder reservoir?  The website says 250 million gallons but with no maintenance of it, the debris at the bottom of the reservoir especially at the base of the dam has built up significantly lessening our actual supply.

            When did the mixing of our watershed water which is really good water with TID, irrigation water, begin?  Since the reservoirs that supply TID water are extremely low, how long will we have TID water to mix with our watershed supply of water?  Here is the TID forecast:

            Could we see best case/worst case plans for the emergency drought that we are experiencing?

Where is Stromberg?  Where is his leadership on these issues?

Carol Voisin,