On Saturday, June 19, I attended my first PSWID board meeting.
While I have regularly followed the actions related to the Pine/Strawberry water issues and leadership and I have read about the antics of the board in the newspapers and online, at the request of board member Ron Calderon’s e-mail, I made it my business to show up and get involved with the issues that affect me as a homeowner in Strawberry.
However, instead of getting involved, I was amazed at the total lack of respect for the community demonstrated by this board. What an utter disappointment. It is no wonder that I read about resignations, and conspiracy theorists in the newspapers and online regarding this board. I am genuinely concerned about the safety of our water supply based on the total lack of leadership demonstrated at this meeting.
At no time in my life, have I experienced the lack of respect for the public that was on display at this meeting. The meeting was called to order, the Pledge of Allegiance was made, and some prior reports were approved.
Less than 15 minutes after the meeting had started, Bill Haney announces that the board will go into executive session. The public is told to wait for approximately two hours (no time could be given) as the session is expected to be lengthy.
At 3 p.m., a board member comes out for the first time to announce that it will be at least another 90 minutes to two hours before the general meeting can reconvene.
At that point, I gave up and left the non-meeting. The board should have held their executive session before or after the general meeting, not during the middle of the meeting where the public is not forced to wait. When the president of the board was given a suggestion to commit to a 3 p.m. return, he flatly denied. In my opinion, Haney would have been happy to come back to an empty room.
The board is in place to serve the public and protect the values of the community. If the current board cannot act in a way that effectively serves the community, we, as home and business owners will need to step up and make changes using the election systems we have in place. Hopefully, an improvement in leadership is on the way with the upcoming year-end election of three board members. I look forward to my chance to vote for change.