Assessment – Key Points — Commissioner Meeting Mar 23, 2022
Additional Questions for the April 6, 2022, Commissioner Meeting
No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth! — Ronald Reagan
- Mission Accomplished. Why aren’t you (commissioners and council) phasing them out? Why not transition them to an advisory committee on overall wastewater management strategy?
- Do decisions regarding the BCRSD have to first be approved by the core leadership team of the local republican party? What role did they have on the commissioner policy to not allow citizen input at meetings? Who proposed this idea? Robyn Rosenberg Bowman has promoted development in Bean Blossom, routinely attends commissioner and council meetings, and is co-owner of a real estate company. And, do any elected officials have a personal or family interest in the development of properties in Bean Blossom?
- Where is the accountability? The BCRSD spent $220k of 270K provided by the County Council to fund plans for a new plant for Bean Blossom. Approximately 220K was spent BEFORE any land was acquired. The commitment made to the council to justify the 270K included the expectation that funding would be approved and that construction could start within 18 months.
Conclusion? Has the BCRSD outlived its useful life as an RSD? The BCRSD does not need a “warrant” to require that everyone within 300 feet of a sewer line be hooked up. Will they have ANY jurisdiction regarding customers being served by Helmsburg?
- Why not thank the members for their service and transition them to an advisory committee?
Will the BCRSD actions delay project funding for Helmsburg and the delivery of needed services to include a reduction of rates for current Helmsburg customers that are paying $92.50 for service? The State recommendation is a fee in the $65.00 – $85.00 range.
The special interests (including the core of the local Republican Party?) that support expanded sewer service in the Bean Blossom area may desire development (a want). But will the lack of wide-scale customer support and speculation as to the need be problematic? What role will federal agencies have on approving projects? Do federal agencies support funding for development? No question on the “need” for Helmsburg and Lake Lemon.
- GUEST OPINION: More evidence needed that sewers necessary by Tim Clark
- GUEST OPINION: Bean Blossom sewer plant: Delay warranted Apr. 3, 2020 By TIM CLARK, guest columnist On March 10, 2020, Ethel Morgan of HomeTown Engineering LLC presented the findings from a regionalization study of wastewater treatment