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9/4/2013 11:19:00 AM
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.
Courtesy Photo
Pat and Bob Schmidt said they were just trying to recycle when they turned their old toilets into flower planters.
Courtesy Photo


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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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, September 16, 2013
Article comment by: BLAH BLAH

Toilet bowl planters aren't hurting anyone. People who go around neighborhoods and gripe about everything makes for bad neighbors. I'd rather have a toilet bowl planter as a neighbor than someone like this J. Paris = BLAH BLAH BLAH
Leave the neighbors alone and mind your own business. OH & BTW --- GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Article comment by: I'll change if you change

Oh Jim - - - you do not like toilet planters. I don't like the colors of your house. I'll get rid of my planter if you change the colors of your house.

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Article comment by: justa gal in PV

@Rick Allen...
really,you think they are lazy?
Did you read the info?
Did ya get the ages? I think they do a good job maintaining the property.

How bout you get your gang of not lazy friends and get it together? You could see if a couple of 80 year olds could use some help, instead of complaining. Or you could pick the trash and weeds from the ditches and property around town that the code peeps seem to miss....

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013
Article comment by: Are You Serious?

You're freaking out over a toilet bowl planter when there have been 400+ children gassed to death in Syria? Shame on you!

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Complainer Neighbor

Leave the neighbors alone the toilets are hurting no one but complainers and whiners are.

Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Article comment by: RICK ALLEN

The Toilets need to be removed, they make the area look like crap. I drove by and it is sad that people feel the need to put something that that around their house. I think they are to lazy to haul it off, so why not keep it for all to see. The city should help these people to get rid of this stuff all over the city.

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