To the MUD12 BOD:
I was in attendance at the recent August monthly meeting. The citizens of the MUD district have NO confidence in this board’s ability to protect it’s citizens and to adequately represent the district in the day to day operation of our district.
The discharge of untreated or under-treated sewage and the lack of urgency in the clean up of the enterococcus filled sludge that was allowed to contaminate our canal system has caused a breach of trust that is required between elected officials and the public they serve.
Concerned citizens have been alerting this BOD to the appearance of solids in the discharged effluent since early march, 2020. We were told “its not possible”, there’s not a problem, etc. It took multiple complaints to TCEQ, GCHD and finally having reporters filming this embarrassing state of affairs. Multiple citizens took samples of the sludge and the waters we all allow our families to swim in. At no time has MUD12 alerted its citizens to the dangerous levels of Enterococcus in our waters as evidenced by the results of these samples.
Our BOD president, Richard Mathews has delayed action on applying for the necessary permits to remove the solids that were discharged and now have been dispersed by tidal action throughout our canals. His priority is to protect the canal restoration project that was never sanctioned by the MUD12 district. We have not even obtained a sample of the materials to ascertain its content and establish if removal is necessary. Anytime there is an occurrence of plant malfunction and discharge of sewage, there should be a notice posted on the MUD12 website and a robocall to citizens so that we can protect our families.
The recent appointment of the BOD to the vacant seat further demonstrates Mathew’s priority of the canal project over the citizens safety and ability to use the canal waters we all pay for so dearly. This new director, was appointed because he lives in Omega Bay, despite the presence of a very well qualified candidate that resides in Bayou Vista. This action clearly demonstrates our president’s willful neglect of the best interests of this community and in the care and custody of our MUD district plant.
The people of this community emailed the MUD12 BOD with their preference that Javier Bernal be appointed to the recent vacant BOD seat. He is a well qualified candidate with 25 years experience in MUD plant processes and procedures. He has experience sitting on a MUD BOD and is familiar with the correct way to handle a public meeting. He is calm, level headed, honest and honorable. THESE are the qualities the citizens of these 3 communities are demanding in our BOD.
We are calling for Richard Mathews' resignation and we will be pursuing whatever process is necessary to accomplish this.
BOD member Ray Menotti should have received training on how to serve on a board of directors when he was first elected. If such training was conducted, there is no evidence. His language and unprofessional behavior during public meetings has been observed and complained about on multiple occasions. His latest actions of targeting several citizens by filing complaints with Galveston County District Attorney’s office is heinous. His continued presence on our BOD will not be tolerated. We are calling for his immediate resignation.
The TCEQ final report lists several violations that need to be remedied. They also state that there is a possible break in our discharge pipe running the length of Pompano street. This means there may be sewage leaking into the drainage ditch the pipe is buried in. Before we can remediate the sewage in the lateral canal, we need a camera study to ascertain the integrity of the discharge pipe. The report date is 6/22/20. This study should be a TOP PRIORITY. We cannot pump sewage into our streets, and although TOPS has made a lot of progress in correcting the plant’s function, it is impossible to know how long there may have been a breach of this pipe. The residents on Pompano should exercise caution crossing the street until this study is completed and the effluent discharged through this pipe is at risk for contamination.
I am requesting that all meetings conducted in the MUD12 district utilize Robert’s Rules to maintain order and decency. TOPS, our operator and the district secretary should be retained at all meetings until the public’s question and answer period is completed and the meeting adjourned.
John (Mark) and Colleen Bevans
Bayou Vista, TX 77563