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.