Supervisors to discuss water district today
July 23, 2013 — The Lassen County Board of Supervisors will be discussing issues regarding the Honey Lake Valley Resource Conservation District at its meeting, today, Tuesday, July 23.
The matter is set for 1:30 p.m. in the board chambers at 707 Nevada St.
The board scheduled the matter after two people affiliated with the conservation district voiced their concerns.
Resident Barbara Howe addressed the board in public comment before its scheduled 9 a.m. closed session and asked for the board’s help to get back on track.
She said, “It’s a good program, it has been here many years, it has served all of us who have been around very well. It’s there when we have disasters, it’s there when we have instruction.”
However, she said there is a little bit of personal bickering and fighting which has destroyed (the conservation district).
“They are a non-functioning group that can’t even conduct a meeting. Now, we can’t even hold a meeting because if ‘you don’t put what I want on the agenda I won’t come. You don’t have a quorum; you can’t have a meeting.’ This has got to quit fellas, we need help. We just need to give the people authority that deserve authority …” she said.
According to Howe, the conservation district meets and plans for projects such as replanting burned areas.
“We were actually on track, we have some members who want to do this. Then we have the little (Water Master Advisory Committee) board, they are to handle water disputes,” Howe said.
She said all complaints go to the water advisory board, they are heard, they are investigated, they’re decision is made and then it moves to the conservation district board.
“But if the people complaining don’t like it, they lobby the (conservation district) and sometimes unfortunately (the conservation district) caves in. There has to be a point when if a decision comes down against you, you take it to court. You don’t drag the whole organization and the whole community through this quagmire of crap and that’s where we’re at,” Howe said.
She asked the board to check those members who are causing the trouble and ask them to start over, “not meddle with our money and our time.”
John Bentley, chairman of the conservation district board, said he has tried to hold three meetings, and they didn’t have a quorum because some of the new board members say they won’t attend.
Bentley said for one meeting he didn’t put one item on the agenda because he felt it was an item for the water advisory board.
“And I was told if it was not put on the meeting, they would not approve the agenda,” he said.
He also tried to hold another meeting just to pay bills.
“Again, no quorum,” he said.
He said the only remaining avenue is to petition the court and that he no longer has legal counsel.
Since the matter was brought up during public comment, the board could not take action.
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