Thursday December 12, 2013
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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
To everyone HAPPY THANKSGIVING, we are so fortunate to live in this
wonderful country, warts and all :-)
Yes. In this case the person doing the relentless bullying and the parents need to understand that kind of behavior is not acceptable. The responsibility should not just lie with the school, the parents need to parent. I would hope the arrest will be a clear indicator to other bullies that they too can be punished. No one should be pushed to the edge and be so fearful that they contemplate suicide.
To be safe I thought I had better included a definition
expressing shock and alarm, often for humorous effect.
"I had a dip in the 40-degree pool (yikes!)"
He should not have been able to hold onto his license when you look at the number of violations he had. He should not be anywhere near people that require mental health care.
Why bother to pretend to enforce existing standards when it comes to protecting the public?
This was in Arizona Republic just yesterday.
"Five former employees of the Arizona Medical Board filed legal claims on Tuesday, accusing their former supervisors and the board of wrongful termination, improper interference with their employment and unpleasant working conditions after they raised questions about inadequate and potentially illegal procedures used to license doctors."
Setting aside all other problems experienced with the PSWID board, the main issue is money or lack thereof due to increased costs from PSWID.
Recent increase on PSWID portion of property taxes went from $300,000 to $625,000.
Residents with a 5/8” meter using 3,000 gallons per month just experienced a 33% increase in water rates. PSWID consumer now pays $47.75. For the same service in Payson you pay $29.14
The PSWID board put into FY 2013-2014 budget a proposed loan of $7,500,000. Total budget $10,510,246. With the new additional loan Pine and Strawberry we would end up owing more than $15 Million.
Recent headline from Payson Roundup “ Rim Country Jobs: Bruised, Battered – Still Hurting” is a good indication of how the economy is treating us, whether we are trying to find a job, holding down a job or retired and living on a fixed income.
Improvements to the system can be phased in and we can best afford them if we pay as we go .People are signing petitions for the recall of some board members because they want fiscal responsibility and not more tax and spend.
You pose a lot of questions today Tom!
No to meat processing companies self inspecting.
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