As you may or may not be aware, there is a pump station on the parish property at the intersection of Hillview Drive and Peachy road. Until recently, I thought this was for the church. It isn’t. It is actually a water pumping station for the City of Ashland.
Why am I telling you this? It is because very soon the city will be placing a temporary mobile generator next to the pumps; the generator will remain there for the duration of fire season. In the event–God forbid–of a fire, and the power were to go out, this generator should keep the water lines pressurized so that the fire hydrants will continue to work.
We should all be able to see the importance of this. For the most part, the presence of the generator should not impact the operations of the parish. However, once it is installed, it will be programmed to turn on once a week and run for 30 minutes in order to keep everything ready for service. This is supposed to happen at noon on Mondays. I am told that the generator is a bit noisy so those in the neighborhood will probably hear it. If you live nearby or have business at the parish during that time period, please be patient and keep in mind the potential consequences if the generator wasn’t here.
If you have questions or concerns about the generator, please do not contact the parish office. Instead, please contact the City of Ashland Public Works Department at 541-488-5347. As we enter into another fire season, please be aware of potential fire hazards, please keep all those affected by last summer’s fires in your prayers, please pray for the safety of all fire fighters and other emergency personnel and…pray for rain!
Verso l’alto (To the heights),
Father Brent Crowe