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Opinion

Imploding PUD

By From page A4 | May 01, 2013

The Georgetown Public Utility District appears to be slowly imploding. It seems to have one management person left and the board seems to be ignoring even that person. Where have all the managers gone? The board’s Gang of Three has driven them all to retire or seek other career opportunities.

So, who is running the district? The board majority is. It writes its own agenda and minutes, but can’t keep up the details of giving full and proper advance notice about its meetings.

What does the public utility district do? It provides water service and oversees community septic systems in Auburn Lake Trails.

But you wouldn’t know it from its actions over the last several months. The board has held endless meetings about process and policy, but nothing about water service, endlessly reinventing the Public Records Act, yet it can’t even get the Open Meeting Law right. The district board has done nothing about a water plant improvement the state is requiring the district to do and which has already been prepared for bidding.

It should be renamed the Georgetown Divide Publicly Useless District. It’s like the Edwin Starr song, “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!” And yet they keep fighting a policy war that’s good for absolutely nothing.

Mountain Democrat

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