Posted by Foreveryoung on 8/20/2020, 3:39 pm
MUD12 Board of Directors and MUD12 Attorney Michael Bacon, |
Over the past several months the citizens of MUD12 have voiced their opinions, thoughts and feelings regarding the ongoing issues at the WWTP and the pollution that has been at the forefront of the discussion. Citizens have taken video, pictures and samples of the solids exiting the MUD12 effluent pipe that are entering our beloved canal system. Citizens have posted the aforementioned items on social media, sent Emails and have even had local media coverage of the pollution. Citizens have notified official government agencies to report the pollution and investigations into the WWTP were initiated. Gentlemen, this was avoidable and should have never risen to the level of heated mud meetings met with hostile and dismissive board members. The failures at the WWTP were blamed on the citizens high use and flushable wipes. The failures at the plant were blamed on COVID19. The failures at the plant are the fault of MUD12. Your lax oversight and lack of repairs over the years have gotten us to this point.
Fortunately, the failures at the plant and subsequent pollution event exposed the weaknesses in the plant operator, the plant itself and more importantly the MUD12 board. The plant operator has been fired and replaced. The new operating company is slowly getting the plant turned around and is beginning to operate within the parameters of the law. Two of the three failures at the plant have been corrected. It is time for the MUD12 board of directors to face the consequences of their failed oversight of the plant.
Mr. Matthews, you are the President of the MUD12 Board and the buck stops with you. From the beginning of the plant failures you have dismissed the pollution problem. You have said the sludge exiting the pipe was grease and dirt. You have been less than forthcoming with real answers or solutions to the ongoing problems at the plant. Instead, you have pursued a project of canal flow that has consumed your time and distracted you from paying attention to the plant. You have instructed citizens not to speak to your contacts at the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE). Mr. Matthews, the ACOE is a government agency accessible to all citizens how dare you instruct a citizen to not contact them. Mr. Matthews, your failed leadership is unmistakable. Therefore, I ask that you step aside as president of the MUD12 board of directors.
Mr. Menotti, your egregious behavior has been on display numerous times during MUD12 meetings. Your disdain for comments from the citizenry are unmistakable. Your body language and facial expressions displayed are an indication that you have no respect for the people you claim to represent. You have gone as far as to say in an open meeting that a citizen should be criminally charged and arrested. You sir have hit bottom. The mere fact that a citizen displayed a container of solids that exited the plant from the effluent pipe that the MUD12 board deemed non hazardous is grounds for arrest is shameful to say the least. Mr. Menotti, you called for the arrest of a citizen while sitting in an open meeting representing said citizen. I demand your immediate resignation.
Robert C. Young