The Rebuttal

October 23, 2012

Alderman Rossitte’s argument to vote AGAINST

Citizen for Accountability member Steve Winkler’s reply (italics)


Dissolving the Water and Sewer Commission is not necessary, and I don’t think it is a good idea. There is a group of people who say the commission and Water and Sewer Department have no accountability. They have more accountability than any employee or elected official in West Fork.

Mr. Rossetti does not want the Commission dissolved. There’s plenty of accountability.

They are accountable to federal and state regulations that dictate a narrow avenue of operation. They are accountable to every household in West Fork for efficient service of water and sewer at affordable rates.

Water and sewer systems must abide by federal and state regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Who Runs the Water and Sewer Department?”

October 21, 2012

During the summer of 2011, the Washington County Observer published a few columns written by West Fork Mayor Frances Hime that addressed some of the questions she received from constituents. The following piece appeared in the August 18, 2011 issue.

WHAT WE’D LIKE TO KNOW…

“What We’d Like to Know” is a regular response by West Fork Mayor, Frances Hime, to residents’ questions about the City of West Fork.

I am frequently asked a question about a current issue in our City.  All questions seem to begin with, “Why can’t we…” followed by the particular issue contained in the question.  The answer to nearly every question is not always easy to explain because it is couched within the structure of how we govern.  So, here goes the first in what I hope will be a regular question and answer feature where residents submit one or more questions regarding how the City is managed and I try to provide an answer.

“Who Runs Water and Sewer Department?”

The Water and Sewer Department is run by a Commission.  The Commission is responsible for review of the annual budget, audited financial reports, and operations over-all including employees.  The head of the Water and Sewer Department works for the Commission.  The Commission has sole authority to hire and fire the department head.

Members of the Commission are appointed thru a nomination process by other Commission members.  That nomination is submitted to the City Council by the Water and Sewer commission and the Council may appoint or reject the nomination.  The City Council may also remove Water and Sewer Commissioners. Read the rest of this entry »