This is in regard to Ray Pugel’s Guest Comment titled: “Pine/Strawberry water problems must be addressed.” I found your letter informative and at the same time disrespectful. You couldn’t just address concerns the community has about the rate increase, you had to call out Sue Green when she was merely voicing what many of us in Pine/Strawberry talk about when we run into each other at the store or meet at the post office while getting our mail. And, just because she doesn’t attend any of your “do nothing” board meetings doesn’t mean she isn’t entitled to her opinion. And, are you the head teacher who takes attendance at every board meeting?
I would think as the chairman of PSWID, you would conduct yourself in a more professional manner, rather than berating someone for speaking her mind. I don’t attend your meetings, but I read about them in the paper and talk about them with my neighbors. From what I heard about your last meeting, you and the others on the board, except for Sam Schwalm, pretty much ignored what the community was saying. It’s your high and mighty attitude that irks most people. And, the fact that you sold PSWID a well, then became chairman because Mr. Lovetro couldn’t conduct a meeting without coming unglued, seems, well, a little hinkey to most of us.
I don’t think anyone disagrees with the fact that improvements need to be made, but I thought you were making improvements; instead, wells were being bought for $570,000 (is that correct, Mr. Chairman?) and another for $450,000. That’s a lot of money! I know that those wells produce water and all that, but if we needed improvements, why wasn’t part of this money earmarked for that?
So, here we are ... we have water, but the leaks are eating us alive, as it were, and so, you do what most people do who are over extended ... you go back to the well (pun intended!) Your article would have won me over, but when you went after Sue Green, you ticked me off. That was cowardice and very unbecoming to the chairman of a board, who did not set aside “charged emotions” and went after the one of the very people you were appointed to serve. Shame on you, Mr. Pugel!