Letter: Eha, Three Lakes Sanitation Rubber Stamp Board of Directors,
July 19, 2016
Three Lakes Sanitation Rubber Stamp Board of Directors
"Amateur Hour." That's how a homeowner described the meeting last Monday night (july 11) of the Three Lakes Water and Sanitation Board. Amateur hour indeed as once again, board members uniformly rubber stamped the programs put forth from Sally Blea, or, "staff," as she is referred to. Rarely do any of the board members raise a question about what she has proposed, or challenge her agenda, even as members of the public question the policies and decisions of "staff." Thoughtlessly following an almost 50-year-old ordinance passed to stem the release of sewage into Grand Lake, Three Lakes Water and Sanitation continually violates common sense and has created a hostile environment in which homeowners are rarely given reasons for the board's actions and decisions. The board continually refuses to answer questions posed by the public, hiding behind fuzzy legalese spewed by their attorney, who constantly reminds the public that if they mount a legal challenge to the board, they will inevitably lose. The board's decisions seem to be based upon a blind desire to expand the sewer system no matter what, as if they have been given an absolute and unassailable public mandate, rather than upon scientific facts that demonstrate real public health risks. In three meetings covering over nine hours , not once has any member of the board or "staff" discussed environmental impact reports or the importance of such studies. No one on the board appears to have any knowledge of environmental problems and solutions; at Monday night's meeting, counsel continually cited "the County" as their authority for condemning well functioning septic systems. In fact, when asked why there had been no environmental impact studies, or testing of existing septic systems, their response was that it was "too expensive." Yet at the same time, they are making decisions potentially costing homeowners hundreds of thousands of dollars based on little more than "feelings," or something that they heard, or simply because they can. This arrogance has got to stop. The mission statement for Three Lakes Water and Sanitation states that their mandate is to "protect the public health, safety and environment…" not to serve as a platform for uninformed, low-level bureaucrats seeking a means of wielding power. We need a board of directors that has an understanding of what they were elected to do, namely to serve the public, not to bankrupt them.