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Letter: Photo on story about toilet planters was 'misleading'

Pat and Bob Schmidt said they were just trying to recycle when they turned their old toilets into flower planters.<br>
Courtesy Photo

Pat and Bob Schmidt said they were just trying to recycle when they turned their old toilets into flower planters.<br> Courtesy Photo

Editor:

The picture that accompanied the article by Cheryl Hartz (Toilet-shaped planters cause conflict between residents, town, Aug. 21) was extremely misleading.

The picture in the paper is definitely not the toilet under a flag-painted pallet I saw when I drove down Spouse. In my opinion, it appeared the owner(s) of the property staged the "folk art flag" over the "toilet planter" in an effort to thumb their noses at Code Enforcement, once the violation was brought to the Schmidt's attention. I am also of the opinion that the Zoning Commission's Board of Adjustment has the FINAL say (short of legal action) in conflicts between the Town and property owners regarding code and ordinance issues. Why then would any administrative hearing officer even consider overturning a decision reached by the five member volunteer panel?

Overturning that decision leads to a town full of toilet flower pots during the growing season and "yard trash" the rest of the year. Even the Town recognizes the need for voluntary junk and trash removal, hence the twice yearly Clean-up Days. Too bad every Town resident doesn't participate!

Jim Paris

Prescott Valley

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