Letter to the Editor Questions GSD’s Choices
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Dear Garberville Sanitary District (GSD) ratepayers;
Since this article about GSD was published on Redheaded Blackbelt:
There was a article in last weeks Independent:
“GSD Needs New Chlorine Chamber Before Summer, GM Says”; January 30, 2018; By Keith Easthouse, Independent Staff Writer.
In this article by “Easthouse”, who attended the GSD meeting, it states:
“Emerson said it’s his aim to keep the cost of whatever replacement is chosen below $200,000. The cost of the system that failed was approximately $250,000 at the time of installation, according to Short.”
And, according to Kelley Lincoln’s previous article published on Redheaded Blackbelt (December 3, 2017):
“When the plant was built, the contact chamber was installed to accommodate potential water needs for the Community Park. All other customers can be served without having a contact chamber. However, in summer, higher water demand will shorten the delivery time. This means using twice the chlorine that has been needed according to Arreguin”
So now we know that GSD used $250,000 of public loans and grant money for private development and infrastructure for the Southern Humboldt Community Park (SHCP)! This does not include over $40,000 that GSD specificly use on their environmental study and consultants during the GSD Annexation process for the SHCP property and 2″ metered water service connection. However, even though GSD spent over $290,000 of ratepayer funding on the SHCP, the SHCP was never included in the GSD Annexation process (2013). Which would have included the SHCP into the GSD District Boundary and Place of Use. In fact, the GSD Board voted to take the SHCP completely out of their Annexation process altogether (2013). No wonder none of this was ever disclosed or reported to the GSD ratepayers!
My question to GSD ratepayers; if the GSD Board knew SHCP was going to be excluded from the GSD District Boundary and Place of Use (2013) for public water, why did they go ahead and spend the money ($250K) for that contact chamber? And why now, after SHCP Executive Director (Kathryn Lobato) and their CEQA consultant have stated publicly and in their FEIR they will develop and maintain their own onsite potable public water system, with no plans to be annexed:
“Given that the EIR process itself is costly — Lobato said earlier this month that the park has spent “upwards of $250,000” on a total of roughly 15 consultant studies for the EIR — she made clear on Sunday that ponying up almost as much money to cover the price-tag of getting annexed by GSD simply isn’t in the cards.”
Until December 2017, the GSD ratepayers were unaware GSD spend $250,000 for SHCP’s private use and now want to spend another $200,000 to repair and improve it all over again for the benefit of SHCP? Maybe if the SHCP was a “Public Park”, like Tooby Park use to be, when it was a County Park; the public could attend Board meeting, Planning meetings, including public access to public records and documents, maybe I could get onboard. However, the SHCP land is private property, operated and administered by a private public benefit and tax exempt corporation, including their self-selected SHCP Board of Directors. paid staff, and approved for development, including massive water use from the South Fork Eel River.
Here is a great example how GSD Board Members, Humboldt County Officials and SHCP meet in private, behind closed doors, to conduct private business, outside of a public meeting:
GSD is hoping you don’t come to meetings, ask questions or look behind the curtain. The South Fork Eel River is a public and natural resource, GSD is a public agency; not a private broker for private water use and private development outside GSD’s District Boundary.
Ed Voice & Voice Family
Former resident and homeowner Garberville/Redway 1961-2015