Transparency - Openness and Accountability!
At our 2:00pm meeting on January 7, 2015 we had the Public Hearing for the Proposed Policy & Procedure Manual Changes. No one from the public attended. I brought up Section 2.12-2, that I was concerned with the significant policy change that would occur after November 2015 and would increase some customers $400 per billing cycle, $2400 per year. I asked if Helix notified the customers of this proposed change so they could attend the public hearing and they could mention to us any concerns. I was told we did not, that Helix was preparing to send out a letter after we adopted the policy change.
A Public Hearing is an official meeting where members of the public hear the facts about a planned road, building, etc. and give their opinions about it...
I could not support the change before notification and made a motion to pull the Section until notification of the affected (only 20 customers). And we could adopt it later. My motion failed and subsequently, I could not support the P&P changes - opposed (4-1).
It reminded me of a recent change that affected my household, when the High School District Board changed our High School Boundary and we were not made aware of the change until after it was voted on - I was definitely not happy about that Board's decision.
Author: Kathleen Hedberg
Civil Engineer in 4th Term as a Helix Water District Board Director and Past President of the Board!