Last night, at the NCCFD “emergency board meeting”, the four board members who attended rescinded their previous decision to appoint Mr. Ronald Pennington (good friend to four of six sitting Board Members) as the board member replacing the seat left vacant by Robert Rhodes.
It was this “watchdog” blog that called out the NCCFD Board’s illegal action on 9/19, violating California Government Code 1780 (see earlier posts), thus, once again, forcing the NCCFD Board to play by the rules…not just the ones they make up as they go. We could have waited until the October 17th Board meeting to call them out, and then the Nevada County BOS would have stepped in and made the decision for NCCFD, but that is not what we are about. The NCCFD Board should be thanking us for bringing their obvious, devious, good ol’ boy network to light…again. (What were a majority of the Board Members doing right before the 9/19/13 meeting, all huddled outside with Mr. Pennington? Coaching him? Congratulating him? Wait! He had not even been appointed, albeit illegally, to the board as the meeting had yet to start.)
District Council, Jim Curtis, was in attendance. He apologized to the Board stating he had not anticipated that the Board would have deviated from the Resolution he was asked to draw up and had not properly prepped the Assistant District Council should the Board go off course. (Poor Jim, I guess he forgot how badly the Board behaves when he is not in attendance) The Resolution presented 9/19/13 was reviewed by the Chairman of the NCCFD Board prior to the meeting.
grueneberg sat there with a sourpuss face, shaking his head. Carrington chimed up “well, stuff happens.” (Wow, really? Only when the Board chooses to circumvent the law)
The Board and Council spent quite a long time on the 15 day posting requirement and when to hold a special meeting to avoid missing their 60 day window. They finally landed on October 11th, no time was mentioned. October 13th is 60 days from 8/14/13, the effective date of Mr. Rhodes resignation.
According to the Government Code, the posting of the vacancy must be for 15 days. Though posted last night, after the meeting, the 15 days start counting today, Thursday 9/26. All applications must be in by the close of the day on Thursday October 10th and the appointment will be made on Friday October 11th. Yubanet was in attendance and offered to post the vacancy announcement that night. Knox and Hanson thanked thanked Yubanet, but grueneberg and Carrington were silent on the matter. Click here: http://yubanet.com/regional/NCCFD-Vacancy.php#.UkRlFEPn9Ag and here: http://yubanet.com/regional/NCCFD-Board-rescinds-appointment-restarts-process.php#.UkRlXUPn9Ag
When asked for public comment, I spoke up and stated that while I thought it was a kind act for Mr. Curtis to fall on the proverbial sword, it is time for this Board to start taking responsibility for its own actions. Mr. Curtis stated he had “broad shoulders”. I continued, that is nice to have broad shoulders, however, if the Board would have followed the resolution, which just happened to follow the procedures required by the California Government Code, then they would not be in the predicament they find themselves in…again.
Rather than let my statement stand, Carrington decided he had to chime in with his brilliant statement, “well, stuff happens.” My immediate reply was, “yes, and it seems to happening a lot to you (the board). I stated it is time for this board to take responsibility for their actions and to stop blaming others. I continued, it was their responsibility, as board members, to know the Government Code, it was their responsibility to know how to do their job.
Carrington started to say something snide, when the Chairman stopped him as did Dir. Hanson. I’m sitting there thinking, Wow! Such anger from Carrington and grueneberg (still a sourpuss face and more head shaking, kind of like one of those bobble-heads), in full view at a public board meeting. Professionalism at its best. I will be happy to go toe to toe, at any public board meeting, with these gentlemen (and I use the term gentlemen loosely). I will be happy to point out everything this board has done, and continues to do since September 2011, to tarnish the NCCFD name and bringing this fire district to the sorry state it is in today.
And the meeting was adjourned.
I believe in the future I will video these meetings. If you could see the disdain Carrington and grueneberg (& Hablett when in attendance) have for certain women in the audience, when they speak up and let the board know when they are doing something wrong…boy, if looks could kill.
So look for video clips on future blogs, that should be fun!