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GDPUD releases legal/GM contracts

From page B1 | August 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

Two contracts for services have been finalized and made available by the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District .

A contract for general counsel services was signed on Aug. 15 with Churchwell White LLP, a Sacramento-based law firm.

Among other things, the law firm will advise GDPUD on special district government matters, draft or review district policies, ordinance, resolutions, contracts and other agreements, and provide legal counsel on other matters.

Compensation consists of a monthly retainer of $3,000 for up to 20 hours of work a month. Additional hours would be provided at a flat rate of $175 an hour for attorneys and $100 per hour for paralegal services.

The contract with the Interim General Manager Gary Hoffman was also released.

Signed on Aug. 13, it was made effective July 17.

The contract calls for Hoffman to be paid a flat $75 an hour with no additional compensation, including retirement benefits, PERS, sick leave, medical insurance or health insurance benefits.

An at-will employee, he was also provided with a laptop computer and the use of a district vehicle.

His contracting authority is limited to $2,000 without approval of the board.

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


Discussion | 4 comments

  • Dink LaneAugust 28, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Wow, are these really the ONLY contracts made with a local agency in the county that need your scrutiny?.... How about BOS's Replacement project bid??? or the surplus property bid???? or the County's contracts for more Software????.... OR how about EID's $49,000 "Change-order" on an existing contract...... OH those don't count because you can't BLAST Georgetown, and after all it's MORE fun to blast them up there ..... than to watch the wild-spending spree going on along Hwy 50......

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  • Daniel Silva, G.V.August 30, 2013 - 2:27 pm

    what a shock, Dawn again refuses to do one iota of analysis re: the bottomline of these contracts for fear it would show the majority of the board (McLANE, OTERMAT AND CAPRAUN) are doing in great job for their constituents. The newly hired interim general managers contract saves the district $1800 per WEEK for a licensed Professional Engineer with State water and funding experience vs. Hank White who had a degree in ag farming and a pesticide license with no prior PUD experience. The new contracted legal counsel firm comes with prior PUD and water experience at a 25% discount from prior legal counsel. Both legal counsel and new interim General Manager are assisting the Board in their roles of fiscal responsibility. I don't expect we'll see $70K per year general legal counsel fees like former Bill Wright was receiving, nor illegal monthly luncheon meetings with the GM, legal counsel and directors Norm Krizl, Bob Diekon, Bonnie Neeley, Joanne Sheperd and Mike Cooper, no junkets to D.C. nor $420 steak dinners. I'd like to recognze the positive changes the new majority Directors are making. In other words not just talking the talk but walking the walk while putting up the hostile environment created by Hank White, Norm Krizl and the continued biased reporting by Dawn Hodson. White is now Foresthill PUD's problem and Krizl while still a Director is consistently displaying he contributes nothing to the district except childish rants. Ditto for Director Ray Griffiths. Time for them to put on their big boy panties and start working for the good of the district or continue to be exposed. Or maybe Krizl and Griffiths should keep on behaving like spoiled brats who don't get their way. That way there's no confusing who get credits for positive changes.

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  • Laura O.August 30, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    I love the analysis Daniel! You gave more useful information than Dawn Hodson will ever provide. Thanks to the Internet I have listened to a few Gdpud recordings. One of my all time favorites was the article titled "Otermat Attacks GM". I listened and Director Otermat was only asking for answers from the GM, one of which was showed he lied to the public and the Board regarding the State denying a retrofit but not one note about that in the article. That one comparison between article and actual recording was eye-opening. I wouldn't even line my bird-cage with Dawn's articles.

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  • Not a fan of dawn HodsonAugust 30, 2013 - 7:26 pm

    Laura don't you know little old ladies have needs too? Who wouldn't be dreamy eyed around her idol, the Pillsbury dough boy Norm Krizl? Isn't he worth selling out your journalism ethics?

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