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Critics Corner – You are Invited to View the Board Meeting Videos for yourself!
I am behind on my blog for multiple reasons – life has a way of doing that. While I ponder how to best describe my experiences over the last three months, I decided to post the video and/or audio files of the board meetings each month.
This way, you the public and my constituents, can determine for yourself what you think. You can also see for yourself the resistance I am experiencing when asking even the simplest question regarding finances (by March the Board had effectively shut me down from asking questions) and the refusal of the board to do any actual work. The board is on record as saying they will not do committees. I have received no responses to my questions regarding finances since February.
I also am receiving no email at all since April due to changes in NYWD email and the refusal of the General Manager to use my director email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. To this day, General Manager Jeff Maupin, refuses to publish my correct email address on the NYWD website and has also ordered NYWD office staff not to use any email address for me other than email@example.com, despite the fact that he is well aware that the email address does not work and that I do not receive any emails sent to that address.
Perhaps I will do a blog page chronicling the email debacle…stay tuned. For now please sit back, get your popcorn and catch up on what NYWD has been doing.
How to sum up the events since March 2020? Like the rest of the world, words escape me. We are currently undergoing a worldwide pandemic and have seen our world change in ways we never thought possible. Meantime, NYWD cancelled most meetings refusing to hold Zoom meetings until the Three Complicit Directors wanted to appoint their chosen person to replace Terry Brown. Mr. Brown purchased a home and moved to Florida in November 2019 and it was discovered that he voted illegally in the February meeting via telephone we he had registered to vote in Florida in February 2020.
Magically, NYWD was suddenly able to hold a Zoom meeting although it was actually the NYWD attorney who hosted the meeting whilst the GM and other directors called in on the phone. Since then, there have three Zoom meetings although the September meeting was cancelled for no reason.
On October 23, 2020 a Zoom meeting was held with the Four Male Directors calling in once again. During this meeting “President” Hansard was in particularly fine form raging at the public. At one point, he snarled at a customer who was attempting to ask a question, loudly proclaiming that “he couldn’t understand a word she was saying” displaying his contempt for the public in general. Later he actually yelled at another member of the public to Shut Up. What a fine example of a human being, a board director and president – NOT.
I have uploaded the video/audio file of the meeting.
Six members of the Grand Jury attended this meeting. Was it merely a coincidence that for the first time in his employment (eight years), GM Maupin was not at the meeting? Oddly, neither was the Financial Manager. Their latest move – conducted in front of the six members of the Grand Jury – was to approve a resolution to restrict directors’ discussion, questions and answers to three minutes for all agenda items. These Four Male directors are not making decisions in the best interest of the customers and are not representing the wishes of their public.
The June 27, 2019 NYWD Board Meeting is a lesson in how to evaluate and pass a $2M budget in less than 10 minutes. It is also an outstanding example of fiduciary irresponsibility and four incumbent directors who refuse to do the job for which they were elected. The disregard and disrespect shown to the public is inexcusable and heinous in the extreme. There had been zero previous discussion about the budget and having a budget show up on the agenda was a surprise. This had not been agendized previously.
The only reason any members of the public were allowed to see the budget is because I enlarged the budget into 11 X 17 pages, printed them out and handed them out to members of the public who attended the Board meeting – of course, they had no time to look at it as it was literally right before the meeting.
Jeff Maupin has ignored my requests to put the board packet on the website and to provide complete board packets to the public who attend meetings – to be placed near the door. Only the agenda is made available through the website. If a member of the public wants a board packet, they must call the NYWD office, order a copy, and then come in in person and pay for it. With something as important as $2M budget, the public should have been able to view it.
The May 2019 was scheduled and board packets sent out. At approximately 2:00 pm the day of the meeting, the meeting was abruptly cancelled. The only reason, I (a director) found out is because a member of the public called me. Apparently an email had once again been sent to the bogus and nonworking firstname.lastname@example.org, thus ensuring I would not be notified. The reason given when I called the NYWD office was that “there wasn’t a quorum” of directors. So apparently three of the four incumbents was out ill?
This autobiographical blog is a product of my thoughts, experiences, and research efforts and is being developed in response to requests from my constituents and the customers of NYWD. Neither North Yuba Water District employees nor the Board of Directors are (nor will be) involved in the development of this blog in any manner. All NYWD public records may be used in the developing this blog, but that should not be construed as approval by the agency or the Board. For those constituents who are unaware: I am technically an irrigation customer, but I have never received water. I reside in Division 4.
PleaseNote: All communications between myself and the public will be retained as part of the public record as required by law.
Dr. Gretchen Flohr, Director Division 4, North Yuba Water District