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Rural Water District Gets Govt $, Say Contractors Not Working, then Vote to Pay them Anyway?

At this Rural Water District meeting, the directors said that contractors were not working, but I heard them vote to pay them anyway.

I understand that a lot of this money the rural water district got came from Federal & State.  So if the contractors are not working, then why would the board vote to pay them?  Is this an example of government waste?

This Hughes County Rural Water District 2 regular meeting was held by it’s directors on January 16, 2012 in Stuart, Oklahoma at the Senior Citizen Center.

The following is video taken on July 25, 2011 where an Oklahoma state representative Brian Renegar spoke to the town’s citizens about this Rural Water district would be getting government money.

Also, according to  USDA Rural Development July 20, 2011 news release, Hughes County Rural Water District #2 secured a $1.48 million USDA Rural Development grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The press release also said: “The “stimulus” grant, coupled with an $840,000 loan and technical assistance from USDA Rural Development, will be used to rehabilitate three existing wells and develop two additional wells within the district”.

Election of Rural Water District’s Chairman Disputed. Minutes Not Approved at Annual Meeting

At a January 26, 2012 annual meeting of Hughes County Rural Water District #2 in Stuart Oklahoma, the minutes of 2011 annual meeting that was read by Secretary/Treasurer Janet Frederick were disputed by water customer (member).   After this dispute, membership voted not to approve those minutes until the board of directors  produced the handwritten minutes for the membership to review.    The member disputed the legality of the election of the water district’s chairman – Jim Wilson in reference to term of office.   Secretary of the rural water district read minutes of 2011 annual meeting that mentioned that Jim Wilson was re-elected at a 2011 annual meeting.

Another member – Ronda Talley, at the January 26, 2012 meeting  made motion to not approve the 2011 annual meeting minutes. The motion overwhelming carried to not approve those minutes.

Prior to this January 2012 annual meeting, most of the board of directors told the membership that they did not know when their term of office expired.  Many water customers in this water district had been questioning the legality of the term of office and elections of the district’s board of directors that the board claims to had occurred at an alleged prior meeting.


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