Pam Mason

Pam Mason 2 months, 2 weeks ago on Special PSWID Board of Directors Meeting 2/4/2014

PINE-STRAWBERRY WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT, (PSWID) PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING AGENDA Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, Notice is hereby given to the General Public that the PSWID Board will hold a Special Public meeting on Tuesday- February 4, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the Gila County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room 1400 E Ash Street, Globe, AZ -ITV Connection to BOS Conference Room 610 E Highway 260 Payson AZ, ITV Connection to BOS Conference Room at PSWID Office-6306 West Hardscrabble Road, Pine

IV. REGULAR AGENDA ITEM: (This is the only item on the agenda) INFORMATION/DISCUSSION/ACTION TO CALL FOR A MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL AUDIT OF THE DISTRICT FOR FISCAL YEARS 2012-2013 AND 2013-2014 TO ANSWER QUESTIONS POSED BY PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE DISTRICT.

V. CALL TO THE PUBLIC Call to the Public is held to provide individuals the opportunity to address the Board of Directors on any issue within the jurisdiction of the Board and for the Board to hear issues of interest or concern from members of the District. Board members cannot discuss items that are not specifically identified on today’s agenda and they are therefore prohibited from discussing or taking any action on issues raised during the call to the public at this meeting. The Board of Directors, by majority vote, may ask staff to review a matter and report back to the Board at a later date or may ask that a matter be put on a future agenda for discussion and possible action. The Board may vote to go into Executive Session for the purpose of obtaining legal advice from the Board’s attorney on any matter listed on the agenda pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes.

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Pam Mason 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 584 A question about texting.

I don't want to take blog off track but I noticed a couple of things the other day that I wanted to just make a comment on. The other Sunday morning a father and his son who was about 11 years old were out having breakfast together. The Dad sat throughout the entire meal looking at his phone and presumably playing some kind of game. The boy sat and wriggled in his seat and looked thoroughly bored. What a shame that they could not have enjoyed some father son conversation instead!

Yesterday I saw a mother shopping with her little one about 15 months old sitting in the shopping cart. Mom was walking around talking on the phone for a very long time. This would have been a golden opportunity for her to talk to her child who was captured right there in front of her. Mom could have talked about what they were going to buy for dinner etc. it would have been a wonderful time for bonding and encouraging the little one to learn some new words.

And we wonder why the younger generation don't want to talk just text!

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Pam Mason 3 months ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

At the meeting on Thursday they were sitting as the Board of Directors of PSWID and not as the Board of Supervisors. It is only the BOS that can make the "call for election" That is why the Special Meeting of the BOS was called for Friday at 4:00 pm. Two Supervisors were in Globe and Tommie Martin was elsewhere on the phone. The Supervisor office in Payson is linked to Globe with audio and visual and the public are invited to sit in a conference room to observe any BOS meetings. Attendees can also make comments during "call to the public" however, by law the BOS cannot answer questions during call to the public. They are able to direct staff to look into the matter raised, or place it on a future agenda is they so desire.

The drop dead date for "call for an election" for May 20, 2014 is January 20, 2014. That falls on MLK day and the county is closed. Therefore they called a special meeting to meet the deadline.

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Pam Mason 3 months ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

Right now I will keep this very brief. At last nights meeting the BOS were there only as the Board of Directors of PSWID. It was strictly to listen to the public with no comments from the Board. Just prior to the PSWID meeting an email was issued it said that there was to be a special BOS meeting held today at 4:00pm. The only item on the agenda was to call for a special election in May or to place the election of the PSWID Board of Directors on the November 4, 2014 consolidated ballot.

I also attended the 4:00 pm BOS meeting today. After short comments from all three supervisors the vote was to hold a Special Election May 20, 2014. Vote was 2 to 1. Payson Roundup Reporter Michelle was in attendance at both meetings.

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Pam Mason 3 months ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

Ron, here is the agenda for tomorrow

PINE-STRAWBERRY WATER IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm Pine Cultural Center 3886 N Highway 87 Pine, AZ 85544-9997

On Tuesday November 26, 2013, the Gila County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 13- 11-07; accepting the resignations of five (5) Pine-Strawberry Water Improvement District (PSWID) Board Members; 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.

PSWID TOWN HALL AGENDA

I. CALL TO ORDER BY THE CHAIR

II. ROLL CALL OF DIRECTORS

III. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

IV. STAFF REPORT TO THE BOARD RE: PSWID OVERVIEW AND STATUS REPORT

V. CALL TO THE PUBLIC

Call to the Public is held to provide individuals the opportunity to address the Board of Directors on any issue within the jurisdiction of the Board and for the Board to hear issues of interest or concern from members of the District. Board members cannot discuss items that are not specifically identified on today’s agenda and they are therefore prohibited from discussing or taking any action on issues raised during the call to the public at this meeting. The Board of Directors, by majority vote, may ask staff to review a matter and report back to the Board at a later date or may ask that a matter be put on a future agenda for discussion and possible action.

VI. DATE, TIME & LOCATION OF NEXT MEETING

April 17, 2014 – 5:00 PM – PINE CULTURAL CENTER, PINE, AZ

VII. ADJOURNMENT

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Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

Who will be making the decisions as to what goes into the PSWID budget? Who expects the Master Plan report to say the entire system needs replacing and adding fire hydrants? Will the Arizona Auditor's Generals investigation be completed or will it be a white wash?

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Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

Somewhere during testimony it was stated that the groundwork on the proposed rate settlement between PWC and ACC staff working together was done fairly quickly. To be polite the intervention by the county and its lawyer served no real purpose other than to prolong the case to satisfy “special interests” in their quest for revenge.

Tom, the purchase of the Pine and Strawberry water companies happened in September of 2009. PSWID board spent $973,206.96 for the actual condemnation, of which $533,800.28 went to Mr. Gliege for legal fees, $65,586.48 to Harry Jones HDJ Consulting, and over $282,270.74 on additional consultants.

As for the current situation with the resignations of four PSWID board members up for

recall plus one, do I think all the BOS understand what caused the recall to happen? No!

Do I think that the public will be allowed to have a special election in May 2014? No!

Do I think that the request made by Ray Pugel to Supervisor Tommie Martin for a

November 2014 election will prevail? Yes. ……………. And so it goes!!

The End

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Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

That being said it was never really over, it was followed with compliance reports being filed, consumers writing for and against moratoriums, water hauling reports, discussions on who knew where water was and this continued on for several years.

In the meantime on January 25, 2005 the newly elected PSWID board advised the ACC that Mr. Gliege should be removed as Attorney of Record for PSWID.
As best as the incoming elected PSWID board could determine, from August 2003 until December of 2004 over $227,400 was paid out of PSWID funds by Administrator John Nelson.

Over $81,000 was paid to Mr. Gliege in legal fees, $37,000 to Harry Jones of HDJ Consulting and $16,800 to $21,800 to Economists.com. All of this and they couldn’t even pay for the Post Office Box!

Like I said earlier, the public were unable to find out what was going on as no agenda or minutes were posted and the PSWID website sat idle. When you compare this to the statement made by Ron Christensen that a recall is expensive ($18,000 to $20,000) you have to shake your head.

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Pam Mason 3 months, 1 week ago on Some clarifications about PSWID and Gila County past activity

Pine Water Company's history of inconsistent customer service was also addressed in the decision through a requirement for the company to establish a 24 hr local telephone number for reporting leaks and service outages.

Another amendment, proposed by Commissioner Kristin Mayes, directs the ACC staff to prepare a report within three months that determines whether a moratorium on new water hookups should be instituted in the Pine Water Company service area.” Note: Pine Water Company spoke against a meter moratorium. At the time PWC was limited to 25 new service connections per month. It was reported that during the past year less than 25 homes had been built.

A further amendment proposed by Commissioner Bill Mundell, directs the company to "participate in all appropriate efforts to discover and implement a regional approach to solving water shortage problems in Payson-Pine-Strawberry area." Note: As I recall PWC/Brooke and later at least two PSWID board members participated in the MRWRMS study along with other experts in the field including the town of Payson.

There were more written requirements but I think this covers the main items regarding the setting of rates. The decision and order was signed on August 10, 2004.

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