The legality of some of the actions of the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District came up for discussion at Tuesday’s meeting.
Resident Bill Evans and Director Ray Griffiths both asserted the board is not following the California Public Utilities Code, which governs the district.
Reading from a section of the code, Evans noted that a board clerk is one of the specified positions in any public utility district. The clerk also serves as the ex officio secretary of the board.
Previously, the general manager served as board clerk for GDPUD, but since former General Manager Hank White’s leaving, the district has had no appointed clerk and that position has been filled unofficially by different board members with some staff assistance.
Evans went on to say that the board president is required to sign all contracts and the clerk is responsible for countersigning the contracts on behalf of the district as well as keeping a record of all proceedings.
But the board never appointed even a temporary clerk, he said. “I just wonder who’s signing what and what’s legal?”
Director Ray Griffiths then got up and added to Evans comments, speaking to the board from the podium instead of his seat, saying he hoped they would hear him better from there.
Noting the missing clerk, he asked, “Is what we’re doing legal? is the question.” The clerk is needed to countersign all contracts and keep a record of all proceedings, but the board hasn’t designated anyone to do that, he said.
“If we want to do business legally, we need to pay attention to the state law under which we were formed and the majority of board is obligated to do this. You can’t do something else. You have to follow state law,” Griffiths said.
Director Norm Krizl commented that for decades the general manager acted as the clerk. It seems the general manager is the clerk of the board and it just needs to be formalized, he suggested.
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