Residents who sought to recall the majority of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District board are still pushing for an election sooner rather than later.
The PSWID board dissolved with the resignations of Ray Pugel, Gary Lovetro, Ron Calderon, Richard Dickinson and Michael Claxton. The Gila County supervisors then assumed authority over the district.
Since the resignations, members of the recall group and other concerned citizens have attended every meeting and workshop session of the supervisors — at first there were three or four in attendance and at the most recent meeting, Dec. 3, they packed the small Payson hearing room.
Some groused under their breaths whenever District One Supervisor Tommie Martin said something they didn’t agree with; others had outright shouting matches with one another.
Martin has said that things need to calm down in the community before the county takes any permanent action, or the factions will continue the infighting.
Elections officials have said the deadline to have a March election has passed; the next opportunity would be in May.
“We’re ready to step in,” recall committee member Richard James said. “We want an election as soon as possible. To delay until November is unacceptable.”
Martin has tried to schedule a meeting with Pine and Strawberry residents about the PSWID on two different dates, but schedule conflicts have forced changes in those plans.
“The whole board will meet with residents at the regular meeting of the PSWID in January,” she said. That meeting is the third Thursday of the month in the Pine Strawberry Community Center cultural hall.
For more details, contact her office at (928) 474-2029.