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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Commissioner should resign

To the editor:

I am a resident of Sunlight Beach and am in favor of the pump installed last year and am happy to pay my share (based on relative valuation) of the costs.

I note in the Jan. 30, 2010 edition of the South Whidbey Record that John Shepard, one of three commissioners of Diking District 1 has requested a meeting be held in February because he has two agenda items. One of his items is “how the district will pay for legal expenses.” John Shepard is the reason that the district has legal expenses.

John and his wife Coyla have completely polarized the Sunlight Beach neighborhood since they moved in. John took off after Ray Gabelein, Steve Arnold and Bob Kohlwes over the pump installed a year ago to provide a necessary supplement to the gravity operated drainage system for the basin contained by the dike and the levee.

When Bob Kohlwes resigned from the diking district, John applied for and was appointed to the job, and has been totally disruptive ever since. His agenda at most meetings is to request that Ray Gabelein and Steve Arnold resign, and to put forth his own version of the appropriate level of water in the basin. Nothing of value can be accomplished with John Shepard serving as a diking district commissioner.

Coyla Shepard, John’s wife, is one of three spokespersons for CSUBC, which is suing the diking district, Island County, the county assessor, etc. for dereliction of duties. John and Coyla, no doubt, have contributed to the lawsuit, so he is suing himself.

All the rest of us who watch this fandango can hardly believe John Shepard’s outrageous conflict of interest. His choice is clear. If he wants to sue the diking district and cause the legal costs created by his suit, he must resign from the diking district commission.

Robert Helsell

Sunlight Beach

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