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  utility director misleads commission
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 18:28:28 EST by admin

LW Utilities

Utility director Mattey misleads commission

It is now known that utility director Rebecca Mattey didn't even bother to call WPB water before making false claims and statements about WPB water to LW commissioners. These statements and claims were directed at forcing the city back into the most expensive water option... the county water deal. But now LWM has learned that Mattey's written justification for eliminating WPB water as a supplemental water option was completely false and misleading.

This time the blame belongs squarely on the utility director Rebecca Mattey... but also on Walter Smyser, the director of the water department... for misleading the commission into believing that WPB water could not be used to satisfy an emergency water requirement that suddenly popped up (according to Ms Mattey). LWM will be reporting on just how this came about and who was responsible for not notifying the commission sooner.

On last weeks agenda Ms Mattey falsly claimed that there wouldn't be enough time to build a booster pump station which would be required because the pressures between LW and WPB systems weren't compatible.



But that claim has been proven false with WPB opening our interconnect and pumping an estimated 2 mgd (million gallons per day) WITHOUT any additional booster stations. It is very clear that the information presented by Ms Mattey was false, misleading and consistent with her previous attempts to steer the city back into the most expensive option... the county water deal which would require spending about 10 million dollars for the same amount of water we can get from WPB for NOTHING because the pipe and infrastructure for WPB water is already there and is available immediately instead of waiting for the county water piping to be built.

But Ms Mattey is not alone. She has been helped out by the mayor who is desperately trying to save his political scalp from the certain embarrassment of having his dismal performance record made public in the upcoming election he entered for state rep... including leading the city into a 24 million dollar water deal by refusing to consider the zero cost WPB option because as he said: "I wouldn't drink WPB water." So his preference was to sack taxpayers out of 24 million dollars so HE didn't have to drink WPB water?

Although it isn't exactly clear what benefit Ms Mattey derives from consistently misleading the commission on utility issues; one thing is very clear... her recommended solutions have consistently been directed at putting the most taxpayer $$ in play which is consistent with previous utility director projects where we lost millions still unaccounted for.

 

 


 
 

 
 
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