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Krizl, Capraun win GDPUD

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From page A1 | November 09, 2012 | 6 Comments

Norm Krizl, GDPUD candidate.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

NORM KRIZL

After a campaign that was often marked by rancor and accusations, one new board member was elected to the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District and an incumbent was returned to office.

Incumbent Norm Krizl won out against challenger Pat Snelling 57.6 to 42 percent with Krizl crediting his reelection to name recognition, experience, and a desire by the community for continuity.

Looking ahead, Krizl said staffing is the biggest challenge facing the district. “By spring we will be down seven or eight employees from a year ago. If this keeps up, Hank (White, general manager) will be answering the phone. The Auburn Lake Trails treatment plant retrofit is also ahead.”

When asked for her response to the election, Snelling said, “The people have spoken. I just didn’t have enough time to get the word out.”

Joining the board for the first time is Maria Capraun who bested Bonnie Neeley 59 to 40.6 percent.

Capraun said her first goal is to address the policies and procedures of how to conduct a board meeting as well as the policies of the district. She also said she wants to take up the district’s projected budget deficit by seeing where costs can be cut.

Saying she appreciates all the support and input she has received from those in the community, she said she wants to make the district more fiscally responsible and customer oriented.

In response to her loss, Neeley said she was really sad for the district and shocked at the election results. “I didn’t know the community had so little faith in me,” she said. “I can’t believe people would vote for someone (Capraun) who sued the fire department and is not a ratepayer.”

Aside from worrying about the staff whom she described as nervous about the election outcome, she wondered if Otermat, McLane, and Capraun might eventually vote to reinstate health benefits for the board.

Neeley went on to say in an e-mail, “Serving as director of GDPUD was a wonderful and educating experience. It was the first public political office I’ve held. I learned a lot about the complexity of the water district, even though small, since all districts have to follow the multitude of state and federal regulations.

“I found the district, through its employees, of great value to the Divide. Amazingly productive. professional, business-like, and in the last year, they all performed well, and with integrity under various pressures. They say one can measure a man by how well he performs under stress. An A plus for everyone. As far as the board itself, quite an experience. At times, smoothly running, at times lost in the roadside, and then again, each member’s attempt to bring their personal decision, values into the whole. It will be interesting to watch how the district evolves under changed leadership,” she said.

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

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Discussion | 6 comments

  • Mountain Democrat readerNovember 09, 2012 - 7:47 am

    This article is an example of why Neeley lost. Her comments explain it completely.

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  • EvelynNovember 09, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Heartiest congratulations, Maria.

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  • Dan LubanesNovember 09, 2012 - 9:42 am

    Ditto on the comment by 'Mountain Democrat reader'. As an objective fellow reader with no knowledge of any of the candidates, I thought to myself "what an idiot Neeley is" after reader her trash talk two existing dircectors who were not even up for election then end with the comment , "the community is tired of the nastiness". She seemed to be the source of the nastiness. Maybe it's time for some self-reflection Ms. Neeley. Your are correct that your constituents had so little faith in you but you are the reason. Life is too short to be a nasty bitter old lady.

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  • Pat SnellingNovember 10, 2012 - 12:55 pm

    I am so happy for Maria Capraun and I congratulate Norm Krizl. The job description of a General Manager calls for "Management Proficiency." That means the GM is responsible to use his staff "effectively" by "Developing strategic plans" for changes in personnel. At the last Board Meeting the GM said he would have to close the District's office and extra 2 days a week. He let the 3 top paid employees RETIRE (That takes Management approval) within 6-months. It doesn't sound like the this District is managed properly. Maybe that should be where the newly elected candidates should "focus."

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  • GDPUD - Spc Mtg time changeDecember 06, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    GDPUD customers & area residents: The time of the SPECIAL MEETING tomorrow, 12/07/2012 (called by Chairman Griffiths 12/05/2012) will be 12:30 pm, NOT 5:30 pm as originally stated. Recently elected board members Capraun and Krizl will be sworn in. Other Agenda items: CALPERS amendments and Mountain Counties Water Resources Ballot for Bd of Directors election (due Monday, 12/10/2012).

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  • ML JonesDecember 07, 2012 - 6:05 am

    The behavior of this Board is bazar. The Board meeting called today is a special meeting quested by the Board president for a issue that was not presented to the Board in a timely manner and once again the Board is push in a corner to make emergency decision because of the incompetence of the legal counsel and general manager to provide timely information. Why did the agenda include the oath of office of the newest board member? This is extremely strange. Is it to allow for a quorum for the vote? This cannot be the answer. You need to call the meeting to order with a quorum to have the new member take the oath of office. Is it to allow for another special issue? What is the actual agenda hidden from us?

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