||THE RED TAPE JUNGLE
It's a jungle out there! This is no ordinary jungle, though. It's not
ruled by scary lions and tigers. No, this jungle is ruled by even scarier
animals known as government bureaucrats! Welcome, my friends, to the red
Your board of directors has spent countless hours traversing this red
tape jungle in February. We've made some progress in our journey, but it's
been very slow going.
Most of this time has been devoted to dealing with issues related to
Naturist Legacy's pool. Unlike private backyard swimming pools, Manitoba
Health classifies our pool as a semi-public pool — that is, "a swimming
pool used in conjunction with a hotel, motel, condominium, multiple family
development, apartment block, campground, club or similar establishment."
As such, they — Manitoba Health — must approve the construction of
Part of what's necessary to receive approval to construct a semi-public
pool is the submission of several drawings to Manitoba Health bearing the
stamp of a professional engineer. We already knew that these drawings wouldn't
come cheap. We have since learned that they don't come quickly or easily,
either. We also learned just a few days ago that additional (and expensive)
plumbing will be required by Manitoba Health that was not anticipated in
our original pool quote. Despite careful and conservative budgeting, red
tape has now forced our pool over budget.
We are cautiously optimistic that we will obtain the necessary permit
to construct our pool very soon. We are ever mindful, however, of the many
hazards and pitfalls one can encounter in the red tape jungle, and how
they can upset even the best laid plans.
We also dealt with Manitoba's Office
of Drinking Water in February. Though we were already granted a permit
to construct our water system last fall, we still must apply for and be
granted a licence to operate that system this spring. To that end, John
[Kundert] and Mark traveled to Steinbach
to meet with our regional drinking water officer. We left his office with
enough application forms to reach five feet in length if laid end to end.
All these forms must be completed in quadruplicate, of course! In addition
to these forms, the Office of Drinking Water will also require maps, schematics
and water analysis documents. All of this paperwork will necessitate even
more hours from us to assemble, complete and submit. We were also given
a supply of water sample vials to get us started in a testing routine that
will be a required (and expensive) part of our park's operation forever
Someone once wrote that "Bureaucracy is the art of making the possible
impossible." Sometimes it sure feels that way! Nevertheless, we persevere
in our journey through this red tape jungle...frustrated but undaunted!...
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