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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Commissioners should resign now
To the editor:
I attended the Dike District 1 (DD1) meeting Saturday morning, June 20 and was “not” impressed with the continual attempts of Ray Gabelein and Steve Arnold to discredit almost every question a speaker asked. I also attended the CSUBC meeting the week before.
On Oct. 28, 2008, DD1 sent a question-and-answer Letter to the voters of DD1. Question 6 is: “Either all members of the DD1 should contribute financially or only those who pay the bulk of the bills should be voting members of the district. Doesn’t that sound fair?” DD1 answers – “This is an issue that should be researched by the Diking District 1 with public meetings to get a resolution on the issue. Legal opinions also will need to be included in the process.”
Nine months later and we are still waiting. Does not the DD1’s $27,000 legal bill include an answer? How difficult is this question? For the two DD1 commissioners, the answer is that if all the members of DD1 vote and contribute equally for dike improvements, then their “volunteer” jobs would go bye bye.
By the way, when Ray Jr. states that “the pump is needed because of increased building and development in the surrounding areas of the district,” does not that mean that the whole district benefits from the pump and not just the few on Sunlight Beach.
The Sunlight Beach people did not have the right to vote on any dike maintenance projects until 1987. It was at that time when one of the long-time beach residents sued the DD1 for voting rights. It was not easy. DD1 fought the right for us to vote every step of the way.
The facts are that prior to 2003, DD1 planned the installation of a huge 6,000-plus gpm in addition to the existing 1,400 gpm pump. The purpose is to drain the wetlands, protect marine life, and save the residents from a 100-year storm. I assume that this must include flooding from a tsunami. When that wave hits Sunlight Beach and floods all the way to Langley, I can only hope that their 6,000 gpm pump is waterproof.
Steve Arnold and Ray Gabelein have manipulated the political system for their own benefit. We do not want nor need the pump. The pumping should be stopped immediately and the pump turned off permanently. There has been enough discussion. We need honest and trustworthy people to represent us. No more sneaking around. No more secrets. Obviously, Ray Gabelein and Steve Arnold should resign effective yesterday.