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GDPUD: No board clerk — is it legal?

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From page A1 | September 13, 2013 | 3 Comments

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.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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  • Pat SnellingSeptember 13, 2013 - 5:47 pm

    Dawn: CORRECTION NEEDED ..... Mary-Pat acted as Board Clerk for years, back before I started covering the GDPUD meetings years ago. Due to the poor management under Mr. White, Mary Pat's work load became too much with all office management duties, budget work, CPA duties and acting as board secretary........ Mr. White took over as clerk about a year or two ago. Dawn you should know this ..... that's when the board started having trouble with checks getting signed and District correspondence that lead to "3rd and final notice" from CalTrans. ...... Norm Krizl knows this! .... How could he say that? He was President of the board twice when she was the clerk....... And what about YOU Dawn? Weren't you there? You sat right there looking right at her when she typed her notes into the computer during meetings...... Why didn't your boss Mike Rafferty catch this ERROR? He sat right there too.....

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  • Daniel SilvaSeptember 13, 2013 - 8:12 pm

    Funny how Krizl used to thinkit was AOK for Hanky Panky to be GM, Clerk, of the Board and Secretary. Talk about an incestuous scenario -he signed as the witness to his own signature, and had full control of agendas and minutes. He was notorious for writing the female directors agenda items incorrectly. I haven't heard the board meeting audio but will report back on the REAL story. Note to self - I'm going to make a spreadsheet of the names Dawn Hodson references in her articles and if it was slanted as negative, neutral, or positive. I bet it will be a very telling display of Hodson's bias .

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  • EvelynSeptember 13, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Daniel Silva: Say you're not joking. Krizl signed as a witness to his own signature???? What sort of document?

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