Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Cameron Park Community Service District

EDITOR: I only began attending Cameron Park CSD meetings and several of the monthly committee meetings several months ago. My original thought was to familiarize myself with various community issues and to volunteer if and where I saw a need. It became apparent from the very first meeting that there is a general lack of professionalism, sense of arrogance and apathy from several Board members, which is met with a questioning and frustrated public with varying levels of trust. Mostly these Board members sit inattentively much of the meeting, eyes and pencil to the paper before them, never meeting the eyes of the speaker or those of the public before them. As I listened night after night, I found that I, too, became frustrated and concerned with the lack of information and financial condition of the District ,  but the unprofessional and straight up arrogance of some Board members is beyond anything I have seen in my 35 years of government administrative experience. And then came last Wednesday night’s meeting (Feb. 15)…

Board member McNeil publicly challenged the newly-seated Board president several times. He chastised her in open session for not being properly indigent when a citizen, coincidently a County Supervisor, formally asked for information concerning legal costs relating to litigation between the County and the District. Apparently, McNeil feels that Supervisor Nutting is not a citizen with a right to access to public information. Nor does it seem McNeil respects the right to confidentiality so as to protect those who ask for such information, certainly a breach of ethics as a Board member at the very least.

That same night, the staff presented a request to increase pool fees with no other justification than a comparison of fees at surrounding area pools. No estimates of increased costs or attendance estimates of those in various fee categories such as seniors meant to cover these costs. No data to support the need for pool fees to be increased, or decreased. And certainly no specific data to suggest that certain groups, individuals, families and seniors be targeted for a fee increase as proposed.

Unfortunately, this is not the first fee increase to come before the Board with this lack of proper cost analysis and support. A couple of months ago, the Community Center facility rates were revised with little opposition from the Board. With McNeil as Board President and contrary to public concern regarding the lack of proper supporting cost data for the request, the revised fees, were approved, an ill afforded decrease this time, without any support data beyond a survey of facility fees of surrounding areas.

But, back to Wednesday night and the pool fees, when Board President Frentzen asked that the fee request be taken back for staff to properly support with the necessary cost information, a vote was taken. The vote tally was 3-2 with McNeil and Clarke voting “No” due to a March print deadline for the District Recreation Guide pointed out by the District Manager as a concern.

An unsupported fee increase against a print deadline? How could such an irresponsible decision be considered as good for the community and the CSD…McNeil? Clarke?

So, here is my concern…How do we come together as a community, make the hard decisions that must be made, both financially and operationally, to make the Community and Aquatic Center financially healthy and not drag the District down, when we can’t put together and work through a simple pool fee increase using 6th grade math? Come on Folks Let’s Just Do What’s Right Before We Break The Bank!

VICKI NEIBAUER

Cameron Park

Letters to the Editor

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

  • jriordanMarch 24, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    Ms. Neibauer, Unfortunately I am not surprised. When this original CSD proposal was going to ballot, I pointed out that there was no money allotted for maintenance of the pool, supervision & lifeguards, liabilty insurance, etc. And that we were a small CSD lacking the funds to build and maintain such a Taj Mahal. Mr. Clarke, and another bozo on the board at the time the building of the pool was being discussed, packed the meetings with people, some not even from our district, demanding that the pool be reconfigured to have more lanes, equipment, etc. without any MOUs in place to assure at least a break even budget. Instead, the pool size and configuration were increased which of course increased maintenance and supervisorial needs. The buildings' sizes increased while promised "kitchen facilities" and other "promised" equipment shrunk. Every time any citizens asked for actual budget figures, you know, backed by real "generally accepted accounting practices" books and records, there were NEVER any such records produced or made "available". To me this verges on criminal. It is my understanding that only after Rusty Dupray stepped in and began demanding REAL accounting, that citizens finally had a glimmer of hope of finding out where the funding of the CSD truly stood. Again, it is my understanding that the CSD is today still over $100k in the red once the "real" numbers came to light. It does not surprise me at all that Mr. Clarke would have no clue about presenting accurate "state of the CSD" financial reports. You see his "background" ,as I understand it, was as a lobbyist and political consultant and their only expertise, in my opinion, is to attempt to make weeds smell like and look like roses. His world is one of smoke and mirrors with no grasp of reality. It does not surprise me at all that Mr. Clarke would be unable to understand the "sixth grade math" you spoke of. After all, it takes him twenty minutes of flipping pages back and forth just to get through a three page document. Just watch for yourself. . . However, change may be near. He is soon coming up on the end of his term, thank God. Perhaps Sheva can then beg Rich Green to fill his slot . . Mr. Green actually (sigh) understands math, accounting and the challenges facing this district. All Mr. Clarke and his (finally) departed "comrade in idiocy" have to show for their time at the CSD is leaving us with an upside down financial house and, well, they can brag about being accused of "sexual harrassment." Yep, I'd be real proud of those accomplishments. Lastly, I can understand Mr. McNeil's reluctance to Mr. Nutting being able to obtain public information . . .after all, wasn't it public information that clearly showed Mr. McNeil was running for supervisor in our district while actually living in another district? . . . .Or wait, maybe that was not supposed to be public information. Please Ms. Neibauer keep attending as long as you can stomach it . . You and people like you are needed . . and appreciated.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    News

    Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

    By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

     
    Past due state taxes bring arrest

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 9 Comments

     
    Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Woman, dog back from Oso

    By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 9 Comments | Gallery

     
     
     
    DA candidate to remain on ballot

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

    Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

    By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

     
    CPCSD seat unfilled

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

    Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

    By News Release | From Page: A14, 7 Comments

     
    .

    Letters

    District 4 candidate

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 35 Comments

     
    Open meetings

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 7 Comments

    Volunteers and homeless camps

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 76 Comments

     
    Bicycle events and traffic control

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 8 Comments

    Evacuation

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

     
    .

    Sports

    Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

    By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    King of the West roars into Placerville

    By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

    First and goal: Bunt etiquette

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

     
    Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

    By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

    Jennings wins national title

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    Roundup: April 17, 2014

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

    .

    Prospecting

    Plantastic sale this Saturday

    By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Spring art brightens government center

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

    Things to do: April 18, 2014

    By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

     
    Time out: A grand time at Grand China

    By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

    By News Release | From Page: B3

     
    Student art featured for Third Saturday

    By News Release | From Page: B3

    Promenade in high style

    By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

     
    Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

    By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

    Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

    By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

     
    Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

    See what is inside the vault

    By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

     
    Eggstravaganza

    By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

    Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

    By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

     
    Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

    Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

     
    Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

    Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

    By California Stage | From Page: B8

     
    Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

    By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

    KVIE calls for artists

    By Kvie | From Page: B9

     
    A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

    By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

    America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

    By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

     
    Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

    By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

    See wildflowers on train ride

    By Railtown | From Page: B15

     
    Easter at Northstar is family friendly

    By Northstar California | From Page: B15

    .

    Essentials

    Crime Log: March 28-30

    By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Frederick Wilbur Heymann

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Arthur W. Cornell

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

     
    Roy Cluness Chaix

    By Contributor | From Page: A2

    .

    Real Estate

    Faster sales with spring staging

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

     
    Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

    Handsome Redmond suits modern families

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

     
    Growing your own

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

     
    Fraud workshop scheduled

    Press Release | From Page: HS21

    HCD launches assistance program

    Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

     
    EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

    By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

    .

    Comics

    Sudoku

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Speed Bump

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    Working It Out

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Shoe

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    Rubes

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    Tundra

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

    TV Listings

    By Contributor | From Page: A13

     
    New York Times Crossword

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

    Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

     
    Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

    Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

    By Contributor | From Page: A14

     
    .

    Home Source

    Faster sales with spring staging

    By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

    Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

    Press Release | From Page: HS7

    Handsome Redmond suits modern families

    Press Release | From Page: HS11

    Growing your own

    By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

    Fraud workshop scheduled

    Press Release | From Page: HS21

    HCD launches assistance program

    Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

    EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

    By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments