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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:23 am, Thu Jul 14, 2011.

A group of citizens believes the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District is broken, and they can play a role in fixing it.

More than a dozen constituents for the embattled water district met at the Clements firehouse Wednesday evening to discuss how to improve the public's perception of the district and improve the outlook for its future.

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:23 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Bitz, I doubt you'll get any information from the Lodi News-Sentinel concerning the unnecessary and unneeded water treatment plant. Wasn't Mr. Fred Weybret the chairman of this dysfunctional water district for over 20 years? And don't we see this water district mentioned as sharing or buying water from Lodi? Is Lodi still paying that $200,000 per year illegal "pumping tax"? The connections seem to run so deep between these parties, COL and the past water district "appointed" board members, it's take 2 Einstein's to untangle the web. Thanks to the computer age and technology, hopefully these facts will unravel one day soon and all these power seekers will dethrone one another.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:16 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Lange, I have no intention of attending another farcical NSWCD meeting after the last one I attended only proved to me the fact that the only accomplishments of these meetings are to blame others for problems and financial disaster that were brought on by the past board members being appointed by one another. Now that there is an elected board, there's no reason that any meeting should be conducted in the manner this dysfunctional board, and many of the district's members, act in a public meeting. Ms. Miller infers the purpose of this "citizens" committee is to oust Mr. Pilkington, isn't it? Just how many "citizens" will it take to oust Mr. Pilkington? I have no interest in meeting you, Mr. Lange, until you and this dysfunctional district can act like grown ups. If you want to meet me, you can come to Lawrence Park on Friday or Tuesday evening for church in the park and I'll even introduce you to our homeless community. They have many questions for the well-connected that make Lodi functional, like yourself and your family tree. I'm just excited to see your website and this valuable data you have that is so important. Again, I hope it's the financial records of the past "appointed" board members and chairman.

  • roy bitz posted at 7:08 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    I have attended several NSJWCD meetings to learn more about our area ground water over draft and how the city's "treat and drink" water treatment plant will effect the over draft problem.
    The city council told us we need this multi-multi million dollar plant because our ground water is being severly overdrafted----and this plant will alleviate the problem.

    According to area water experts and our public works director---area ground water over draft is some 200,000 afa.
    This plant will filter--- and heavily chlorinate--6,000 afa---just 3% of the problem.
    The cost of the plant--the river water--operations---debt service---is about two hundred million dollars over the forty year contract. Five mil a year in today's dollars.

    I have begged the Sentinel to provide a cost/benefit annalyis of this plant. I have invited anyone to tell me where I'm off base regarding theTOTAL cost/benefit of this plant---including all the "under the radar" money spent against it so far. No one has responded.

    The NSJWCD has a permit to draw 20,000 afa of river water in "wet" years. They use only about 3,000 afa---the other 17,000 afa flows over the dam to the Delta. The district must begin to use it or they may lose it. If they lose it---we all lose it.

    As for the "treat and drink" plant---If you like expensive---heavily chlorinated water---this plant delivers.

    Thank you council gentlemen----may we have another?

  • Aaron Lange posted at 4:09 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Aaron Lange Posts: 1

    Mr. Chaney:

    I would much prefer to have the NSJWCD Board put together a fact sheet and/or a "Frequently Asked Questions" page to help the residents understand the purpose, history, goals, and operational details of the district in addition to information concerning our current overdraft situation and opportunities/challenges to correct it. Unfortunately, as the Board struggles to achieve a quorum or even convince the Chairman to communicate with fellow board members (let alone attend meetings), I doubt a request for a FAQ page would be a top priority, but maybe I'll ask at the next meeting. And I don't claim to have any data that is not publicly available--I only offered to consolidate it.

    I'll be at the next meeting--I'm a skinny guy usually wearing a baseball cap in the back row. Please come by and introduce yourself. But before you continue with more accusations or conspiracy theories, please come by, shake my hand, and let's have a rational, civil conversation. Maybe we can both do some good to help the NSJWCD accomplish its goals. If you have any questions for the board, please attend a meeting and ask them during the public comment section. They are obliged to answer them honestly and transparently to the best of their knowledge.

    I won't be taking additional time to respond to any more comments in this thread, but I will be glad to talk with you in person. My number is in the book.
    Aaron Lange

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:26 am on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    It's nice to see the Langes are conveniently involved in creating a website to disclose "factual" data that should have already been public information and available to anyone for the asking. Just who are these more than a dozen constituents that comprise this group? They seem to say they want Mr. Pilkington out of the way, so I'd assume that would be a website with a Lange family or well-connected acquaintance that could censor any positive information that may refute their "real data"? Mr. Lange maybe, you could get some good tips from Weybret or Hanner on how to circumvent or spin the real facts to your own liking, like the Sentinel seemingly does, and has done for many years to protect certain individuals and interests? I, as a taxpayer living in the NSJWCD boundary, hope to see some financial data provided to substantiate the fact that many have suspected past "appointed" board members of questionable practices, financial and otherwise. I'll be looking forward to your website and the "valuable" data you claim you have. Good Luck on your website, sir!



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