This is a rebuttal to Ms. Theresa May Duggan's not entirely correct opinion letter to the Sierra Sun.Public utility districts must have Legislative approval for at-large elections. Chastising the current NTPUD Board for this method (standard procedure since 1948) is simply a political ploy. TCPUD considered this, and it was not approved by their board.Here are just a few collaborative efforts that the NTPUD has executed with other agencies:1) Annual donations in excess of $125,000 to the Boys and Girls Club.2) The following is an excerpt from DPW 8-31-12 "Similar to the water quality projects we have completed in the past, the NTPUD has been second to none in cooperating with Placer County in expediting the utility relocation process for the Commercial Core Project. Your engineers and staff put our project as a top priority and we greatly appreciate that. The NTPUD has had an integral place suggesting cost saving design adjustments, providing expedited plan review at no cost, and creating a cost saving maintenance alternative."3) Commendation from Joy Doyle, NTBA 7-2012 "Pam and NTPUD Board and staff: Thank you for your generous sponsorship of the July 3rd Fireworks Celebration & Deck Party and Music on the Beach concert. Events are an important marketing mechanism for our district and without your support they would not be possible. We are grateful for our partnership on all levels and sincerely thank you."Cruz, Dambach and O'Dette have yet to attend a NTPUD meeting. If they are genuinely interested in the positions then why have they not attended meetings no matter what time they are held?I do not feel that land use planning is under the purview of the NTPUD or the TCPUD. They are utility districts (not regional planning agencies) Cast your vote for: John Bergmann, Tim Ferrell and Phil Thompson.Ellie WallerTahoe Vista Resident
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