Tuesday August 30, 2016
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I know what you mean :-)
Due to personal circumstances I missed attending PSWID board meetings for some time. Since returning, my observations are that the current board continues to work on maintaining and improving the infrastructure, and making sensible decisions with how it is done and by whom. Fiscal responsibility and projects being handled and executed correctly is the name of the game. Likewise the contract with CH2M (water system management company) was renegotiated last year now with stated expectations and tougher measurable standards included. Some personnel left on their own accord and there is an advertised vacancy for a full time District Manager with utility experience. An RFQ was cut for an engineering company, and a new one was subsequently selected by the board for certain capital improvements. This is just a quick snap shot and many issues are solved and new projects are under way. I hope that the board members are not worn out, and that some people in our community will want to stand up for election in November. This board is to be commended for their professionalism and hard work in all matters that have come before them.
As for the sand and grit comment I know you were joking, but it’s my opinion that you are not too far off. Remember the 2010 big parting of the ways by the hired professionals along with the resignation of a PSWID board chairman, well qualified in water matters?
Let’s just say that according to well production reports the Strawberry Hollow Well and the Milk Ranch Well #1 appear to be off line more than on.
Tom I have some answers and my own opinions.
PSWID. The current rate structure is to encourage more conservation and increase revenue from the high volume users and commercial users. It stands to reason the more you use the more you pay.
The couple that bought land to use for orchards and cattle must have purchased the land from someone. Due diligence and research into Pine and Strawberry would have shown that water is a precious commodity throughout the Rim Country. Likewise if they went through a realtor they would not legally have had to have been told. Hard as it sounds you can’t rely on other people, you should research the area for yourself and I don’t just mean using a computer.
One of the goals of the current PSWID board is to pay off the system purchase loan by 2025, or we will have a balloon payment due for $2.8 million at that time. Refinancing is extremely expensive and I would not like to see the loan keep being extended out, or another million dollars or so paid out in additional interest. The extra tax increase is strictly going to the current loan payoff and a board motion was passed stipulating same. Let’s hope that following boards will stick with it. Can you imagine what we would have been paying if the plans by the previous board chairman Mr. Pugel et al had gone ahead with taking out another loan? If my memory serves me correctly the “place card” was for an additional capital improvement bond of $7.5 million presenting to us a FY 2013-14 budget of over $10.5 million.
In 2004 the first attempt by developers to have the communities of Pine and Strawberry buy the two water companies failed.
"The water system infrastructure has not been inventoried for repair, and at this time, the petitioners have no idea what it will cost to develop new water resources. How can we sign a petition that contains no estimates for the major purposes it advocates?"
Update. Associated Press 8/26/16
France's top court overturns burkini ban
France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.
Daily Express 8/16/2016
Beach brawl blamed on Burkini ban now blamed on Muslim men trying to claim beach
A VIOLENT flare-up linked to France’s burkini ban was today blamed on Muslim men who tried to ban locals from an area of beach.
Obviously a tense situation made worse by local officials.
The reason for the back up is due to the problems Europe is experiencing with open borders and the fear of more ISIS infiltrators. Border check points in Dover for those gong to France and beyond are manned by French authorities. Not enough French personnel were assigned for the task. Likewise in Calais for those UK bound, the controls are handled by UK authorities. The school summer holiday period in the UK is six weeks and starts at the beginning of August, hence the rush to go abroad for warmer weather.
Here is a clip that shows the problems being experienced by commercial truck drivers and passenger cars whose route took them through Calais in order to return to the UK. Having watched the video you have to wonder why the right to be a working truck driver or those returning from a family vacation should be impacted by violent thugs.
Maybe everyone has a hidden phobia but never been exposed to it?
Tom, sounds like determination helped you undergo such treatment while being totally restricted in movement, good for you.
Hypnotherapy can possibly help some phobia sufferers. It may not be enough to offer a complete cure, but can take the edge of it. Enough to allow a person to experience a less serious response.
Call block feature on my Panasonic house phone is working overtime and they are not all political calls either.
National Do Not Call Registry is useless!
Tom, the following headline caught my eye on the opinion page of The Telegraph.
Telegraph View. Germany is in a dangerous state of denial about immigration, Islam and terrorism.
As a member of the Supreme Court she is well schooled enough in listening to arguments and making statements to the gallery to be able to sidestep answering any questions that remotely smells of politics. On or off the record she should know better particularly in a contentious election year. She is not a young lawyer fresh from passing the bar and has been a Supreme Court Justice since 1993.
In her own words.
"On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them," Ginsburg said in a statement. "Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect."
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