Two dedicated community members will sit on WCSD board
Ted Tamborski returned to the board after sitting out for four years. He did not run for re-election in 2002 but decided to run again in 2006 because no one else was running. In the past he served a total of six years.
“My heart is in this town and I care about what goes on. Hopefully I can make a difference, that is why I decided to run again,” said Tamborski.
David Escobar was first seated on the Board of Directors in December 2005 to replace Ben Pacatte, who resigned from the board when he left the area. David said he ran for a full term because he loves the community.
“Westwood is where I am planning on living the rest of my life so I am going to try and stay involved with the WCSD,” said Escobar.
Also, he said the district is in the midst of dealing with several issues and he thought consistency on the board would be important.
One issue the board will need to deal with is the sewer system. At the December 2006 meeting Rob Compton, assistant manager for the WCSD, told board members the California Regional Water Quality Control Board had informed the district it would receive a cease and desist order because it had violated State law when the sewer ponds overflowed last winter.
The district will also receive a list of its deficiencies from the Regional Water Quality Control Board and will need to draft a plan to address them and look for financing to fund the projects. Escobar said he planned to research grants that could be used to improve the sewer system. He also wanted to find funding for a new springhouse to improve the water system.
A third issue Escobar is currently working on is the low morale in the Westwood Volunteer Fire Department. He has been attending weekly volunteer meetings along with Director Nick Ceaglio to try to determine how to meet the needs of the department.
Tamborski agreed that the sewer ponds would be a pressing project for the board in 2007. He said another issue the board would need to confront is the property the district owns determining rental prices and whether or not any should be sold.
His goal as a director is to be known as a truthful man who does things right.
“When something is brought up I like to face it and not put it off month to month,” said Tamborski.
He said he prepares for meetings by reading over the board packet and asking questions before hand at the WCSD office.
Both newly-elected board members appreciate comments from community members. In the coming year Escobar would like to see more residents attend the meetings to provide input. Community involvement would help the board make informed decisions, he explained.
Tamborski said people are welcome to call him at his home to ask questions or provide input. He is always willing to discuss issues and look into matters if he does not have an answer.
The WCSD Board of Directors meets at the Westwood Community Center at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month.
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