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Big turnout, little action at North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board meeting

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Posted: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:02 am, Thu Jan 6, 2011.

Verbal altercations, people speaking out of turn and audience members sitting on the floor were common sights during a densely populated meeting for the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board on Tuesday evening. The two-hour session featured several outbursts and ultimately ended before all items on the agenda were addressed. The board also decided to wait to approve its operating budget for 2011 until the next meeting.

Board chairman Bryan Pilkington was chastised by directors and audience members for not elaborating on his plans for surface water use and for voting against points of diversion that would enable the district to fill waterways he advocates putting water in. Pilkington challenged that district accounting records are too vague for him to offer more detail about his plans.

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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:58 pm on Wed, Jan 5, 2011.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:41 am on Wed, Jan 5, 2011.

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    There was no mention of the fact that the NSJWCD has had talks with council reps Hansen or Johnson, or both, to discuss the partnering with the city of Lodi and the $40 million, figured mentioned, water treatment plant and that the district would also follow up with the Lodi public works dept. How would the district get tied into a deal like this? So they could charge Lodi more than the rumored $200K they already for merely pumping water for a few Lodians located in the small area it claims as its district? I don't mind my tax dollars to go to NSJWCD if they can change the practices of the past appointed board membersand become accountable with a system of honest accounting and bookeeping pracitices. The meeting was almost humorous with most audience members just finger pointing and blaming someone else, mainly Mr. Pilkington, for the past problems of which they all played a part in. It's like some expect to sit back and watch the problem solve itself tomorrow. The meeting had to be rescheduled for another 30 days or so because numerous audience members dwelled too long on one issue, agenda item 8, and ranted on and on with the same old rhetoric from at least two years ago. One thing sure, the attorney (s) got their two cents worth in and I'm sure were well paid for their time. It's no wonder the district is spending an overly amount of their funding and income on attornies alone to handle even the simplest issues of this district. Budgeting this funding for attorney costs would be a great start to increase revenues for this district.



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