Letter: Tetlow, the facts about WPHA
May 10, 2016
WPHA facts omitted
A person attending the BOCC meeting on April 19 might well believe that the newsroom reporter wrote the April 29 article based only on letters and documents submitted rather than on testimony. Many facts were omitted and some unverified assertions were instead reported. What was actually presented were the following facts: In 10 years the WPHA has built one pond, and two fire cisterns, and logged hundreds of dead trees at a cost of $500,000 in fire mitigation. WPHA is in its 5th year as a nationally recognized "Firewise Community." As a service to nearly 50 percent of its members it created a trash AND recycling collection service in 2011. In 2012, 17 months later the Bertoli's bought a house overlooking the WPHA owned property, where the only HOA facilitated recycling service in the county exists. Mr. Bertoli offered no factual evidence for his statement that the Association "placed these dumpsters..with full knowledge that county approval was required." The accusation is simply a false claim. Furthermore, no evidence was submitted to the claim of decreased property values but rather, letters were provided claiming just the opposite. We are gratified that the BOCC unanimously approved of our efforts to enhance our community development efforts.