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North San Joaquin Water Conservation District board’s absent chairman is target of audience criticism

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Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 11:33 am | Updated: 8:59 am, Fri Jun 10, 2011.

Fed up that items they want to discuss haven't ended up on any recent meeting agendas, two directors of a local water district approved a series of actionable items to be discussed at the board's next meeting. The move was just one of several swipes at the board's absent chairman during Tuesday's public meeting.

Directors Joe Petersen and Mark Beck of the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District said they have continually asked board chairman Bryan Pilkington to put issues regarding the district on agendas, with no luck. With him out sick, the two seized the opportunity to address their concerns.

Some of the items to be discussed at the board's next public meeting:

  • Approval of minutes from previous meetings.
  • Watermaster's report.
  • Update on hiring of new watermaster, accounting firm and legal representation.
  • Discussion on Tracy Lake and any potential action required.
  • Discuss outstanding issues with the district and State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Discuss delinquent groundwater charges from previous years and an appellate court decision on the subject.
  • Update on the 2011 budget.
  • Presentation from private entity that wants to purchase water from the district.
  • Discuss district mission statement and goals.
  • Public comment.

All items discussed at the meeting, planned for late June, will be able to be voted on by the board.

Beck and Petersen have requested that Pilkington put items on agendas during public meetings in the past without results. If the items are not on the agenda for the upcoming meeting, Petersen said, they would take the information to the Fair Political Practices Commission.

"There are two cameras rolling and about 50 people in here who heard it," Petersen said.

The FPPC is a non-partisan organization that monitors public agencies for conflicts of interest and misconduct.

Contact reporter Jordan Guinn at jordang@lodinews.com.

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