Taxpayers and Ratepayers are 'not' ATM Machines!
And after the Oct 9th meeting I feel I have to repeat it more often.
There were two agenda items: Hiring a consultant to fill the District's CPA requirements; and handing over the General Manager ALL Board duties in shelling out the tax & rate payers $$$.
First, looking for a CPA. Can you believe it? The District couldn't find anyone eligible on the Divide to act as a CPA? Really? How did they look? Mary Pat said she looked through her personal file of CPAs that she knew. That's how they looked for CPAs? As a 'Non-Board Member' I don't have the power to question this process. I had already been told by the Board President that I must make my questions short. (They have NEVER been more than one or two sentences, and they are usually a question for the Board to explain.) Well the three ruling Board Members didn't discuss the process, until a gentleman in the audience asked why 'Staff' was accepting a one page email response and the others had detailed information?
The General Manager liked her interview. Well, says current Board Member Norm Krizl, my opponent, "Well if Hank says so, that's all I need." Hank's recommendation was accepted on that.
Second, (The Big One) The Board abdicated all responsibility for the NEW $9 Million project.
The Agenda item said "Adopting Compliance Requirements for Grant." Here is what the Resolution said:
The General Manager -- not the BOARD
- Will sign (that means he approves...when you sign something you go along with it) the Funding agreement....
- Will be the one to approve all payments to Contractors
- Will sign the Budget expenditure form. (This is what the Board does every meeting for all contracts)
- Will sign the final release form
- Will sign the final papers...
Really? The Board gave away all oversight? Remember the $1.1 Million flushed away with the Greenwood Treatment Plant fiasco?
Here we go RATEPAYERS.... more lost funding and the GM will tell the public once again.... Well the Board knew about it.... we didn't have to tell you.... By the way hand over more money for another rate increase... WE ARE NOT ATM MACHINES!