Belfair Water District Takes The Cake
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 05:00
This Special Meeting took the cake in lack of civility of all previous Belfair Water District 1 Meetings that I have attended. The chair opened the meeting with some very personal derogatory statements against Bonny, Greg and Ken for filing the Garnishment against the BWD funds which affectively froze all of their funds. Chair Phillips stated that “… this was a selfish and stupid act by the plaintives….” He then stated that “…. I just want to go on record that these selfish, mean spirited plaintives ?was? shut down the entire Belfair Water District and then gloat about it, snicker about it thinking they’re real funny ….“ At that point the shouting began…….. In my opinion, the chair believes that all of the Belfair Water District Problems are because of their law suit which forced BWD 1 to comply with the Public Records Act. Had they complied with the law in the first place, these suits would never have been filed but despite that the courts found the BWD to be in violation of the law on nine counts, I really don’t believe that neither John nor Dave feel like they did anything wrong…… The district was also given an opportunity to settle these law suits for well under $20,000 but two of the three commissioners refused to accept that offer because they did nothing wrong…..
Keep in mind that this Special Meeting did not meet the 24 hour Advance Meeting Notice Requirement, nor was Commissioner Pope even informed of this meeting by the district, nor did they state the subject for this special meeting in their notice to the media as required by law…… Thank you KMAS for publishing this notice in your on-line news, otherwise there probably would not have been anyone in the audience. Also keep in mind that it was stated during this meeting that Manager Dave will receive three days extra pay for attending a meeting outside the normal meeting hours……
Then there also was the issue of their latest BWD Aqueduct Newsletter mailed out with their latest bills….. Maybe someone who received this newsletter can post it here for all to read……
I am looking forward to the new transparent BWD beginning on January 1st. It is a shame that neither the county commissioners, the county prosecutor, the WA State Attorney General nor the WA State Auditor has taken any action to stop all of these violations of the law in the past several years. The universal answer always was we have no authority regarding this matter, it is a political matter…..
Herb Gerhardt, North Mason