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How about people from other countries? Tom I would hope that Lyall Grant was fair and when it came to the British "wind bags" that he turned off the mike switch for them as well :-)
(Slang. A talkative person who communicates nothing of substance or interest.)
Come to that how many of us would like a kill switch to turn off all the cell phones when we are trying to enjoy a nice meal out?
Tuesday November 26, 2013
Per Resolution No. 13-11-07, the Gila County Board of Supervisors accepted the resignations of five (5) governing board members of the Pine Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID); revoking the authority of the PSWID; naming the Gila County Board of Supervisors as the Board of Directors for the PSWID; and reserving the authority to call for new elections for the PSWID.
A Pine - Strawberry Community Meeting is to be held on Thursday December 19, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The location is the Pine Cultural Hall.
Tommie Cline Martin, Gila County District 1 Supervisor will be officiating the meeting which is being held per the public's request.
Thanks Deb :-)
Okay the links at the bottom of Pete Aleshire article all ran into one. I will try again
Pine water doubles taxes, boosts water rate 33%
P-S will start drilling for water near Milk Ranch Well
Milk Ranch Well purchase gets final approval
Five Pine-Strawberry board members resign
Milk Ranch Well needs filter after all
Deb, I take it that those interested can "miru-miru" look at what was written in Pete Aleshire article and use it as a spring board to ascertain for themselves what happened. The public may ask themselves why did the previous Chairman Mr. Haney and Tetra Tech resign? Was it because they expressed concerns over Milk Ranch Well #1? Then read on as to what subsequently happened under new PSWID regime and who else among the community and board directly benefited. Why was an investigation started by the Arizona Auditor Generals office? Were the public being given complete information, or as is the case with the 38 brand new meters leaking, only told what the board decided they should know. At the end of the April 17, 2012 article there are additional links referenced, and when those are read then more follow and so on.
Lastly did 5 members of the PSWID board violate open meeting law by all resigning at the same time the very next day following a public meeting? As Tom indicated in his post there is a lot to untangle.
Yes Pat you do ask good questions. I would imagine that caused quite a stir in Gilbert!
Bernice, Ric Hawthorne calculated that just those 38 meters alone counted for half of the annual water loss stated, not the full 12.5 million gallons. The vast majority of the meters are 5/8" (residential) because that is what most people have and the specs. are clearly written. Company provides an 800 number for technical support.
It is an encouraging sign that many upstanding citizens are willing to run in the next election, and more will most likely step forward. Obviously no one knows who will end up elected but from what I have seen so far all are willing to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Now it is up to the Gila County Board of Supervisors to allow a May 2014 election.
We are simply looking for the public to be allowed to elect a board that will respect the community, not distort facts, cover up misuse of public funds and for them to be fiscally responsible. A board that is not going to force a $12 Million loan which is the latest estimate (up from $7.5 Million) on us in tough economic times, but will instead work on repairing and improving the system over time and spreading out the payments.
With regards to when a new election can be held I hope that Supervisor Martin and the other two Supervisors can see that we need a new PSWID board elected in May 2014 and not November 2014 as indicated by Mr. Pugel. This will be the 2nd time the BOS will run the district, another request made to BOS in November 2006 by Mr. Pugel failed.
Gila County District 1 Supervisor Martin has done a lot for her constituents including working with the Forest Service on fuel reduction and was in the forefront in getting us a newly constructed Ramada in Pine. Mr. Pugel was appointed by Supervisor Martin to serve on various committees and I understand his always needing things to go his way. Roundup archives going back to 2003 can substantiate my claim, but now is not the time to drag out BOS administration of PSWID any longer than necessary. The last recall election cost just under $20,000. The last time the district was administered by BOS/Mr. Nelson it cost us over $227,000.
It’s my opinion that the Community does not need an extended cooling off period, audio tapes show that the majority of anger and threats issued at PSWID meetings came from the PSWID board themselves and now that the board is disbanded due to 5 resignations, that threat should diminish. When we have attended the BOS meetings via video link were we rude and unprofessional? Of course not, neither were we at PSWID meetings, did I finally bristle a bit at the last meeting when I was insulted? Yes I did.
Unidentified Water Loss
Faulty Meters 0
Unidentified Leaks 2
Possible Consumer Side Leaks 2
Note: Each leak had a page dedicated to it called a Leak Report. It gave Location, Leak Type, Remarks, Recommendation, Leak Rate, a map and a breakdown of water loss measured in daily, weekly and monthly amounts. Times that by 51 pages for the leak report section, you can imagine by the very thickness of the document that Mr. Pugel failing to mention the 38 brand new meters that are leaking could not have been oversight. In addition there were other pages that gave a direct listing of the locations and the leak problem. I have seen the threads that were cut off the new meters to make them fit i.e. jerry-rigged and subsequently any warranty for the meters is now null and void.
Mr. Hawthorne calculated that just those 38 meters alone counted for half of the annual water loss stated, and the total loss is still only 11.2% of the 111,016,171 gallons produced in the 2012-2013 season, which is a far cry from the 30+% we were told we were losing. That figure was thrown around to justify ripping out the entire system all at once and the addition of $7.5 Million loan put in the budget.
It’s been a week since Mr. Pugel wrote his Guest View in the Payson Roundup. I won’t wear you or me out by dissecting all of what was written, but will elaborate on what Ric Hawthorne submitted in his Guest View last Tuesday Nov. 26, 2013.
Mr. Pugel wrote “A leak detection survey has pinpointed over 50 leaks which result in a water loss of over a million gallons a month.” The PSWID minutes say “Program is finding more than 51 leaks that could amount to 12.5 million gallons of water lost. CH2M Hill will systematically fix leaks.”
Here are some facts taken directly from the Water Line Leak Detection Project for PSWID carried out by Utility Services Associates.
Pinpointing Phase Information
A large number of leaks (38) were located on new meter installations
Total Areas Surveyed 58 miles
Service Line 3
Service Connection 0
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