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N.C. JPA rejects per diem for non-voting alt. members

Thursday, June 27th, 2013
Issue 26, Volume 17.
Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent

The North County Joint Powers Authority will not provide per diem payments for alternate board members who do not vote at a joint powers authority meeting.

The JPA board voted unanimously June 5 that only members participating in a voting capacity will receive per diem payments. "Only a voting member of the board at a particular meeting would receive a meeting fee," said JPA executive officer Brian Brady.

A 5-1 vote April 3 approved a $150 per diem rate for board members, but that did not include any discussion on whether non-voting alternates who attend JPA meetings should be paid. The matter was discussed at Advertisement
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the May 1 board meeting, although it had to be placed on a future agenda for official action.

The joint powers agency board currently consists of three members from the Fallbrook Public Utility District (currently Milt Davies, Al Gebhart, and Don McDougal), three members from the Rainbow Municipal Water District (currently Helene Brazier, Bob Lucy, and Dennis Sanford), and one public member (currently Charley Wolk). Each of the member districts also has an alternate member (currently Bert Hayden of FPUD and Jack Griffiths of Rainbow) who can attend board meetings and vote in the absence of one of the member agency’s primary board members.



Comment Profile ImageFallbrookFan
Comment #1 | Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Is this actually newsworthy?
Comment Profile ImageJoe Naiman
Comment #2 | Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 8:53 pm
The vote could have gone either way. My personal feeling was that the citizens needed to be informed whether it was approved or rejected.
Comment Profile ImageHuh?
Comment #3 | Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 5:49 am
Newsworthy, you bet! If this JPA works then it could be applied to other local service agencies.

People need to stay better informed about their local government and TVN is a good source of information.
Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #4 | Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:12 am
Can THE PEOPLE vote on this?
Comment Continued : The comment above was written from the same location.
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Comment Profile ImageLee
Comment #5 | Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:13 am
If not, why not?
Comment Profile ImageBrookie
Comment #6 | Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 12:40 pm
They do not need a per diem! they live locally and that is part of their position on the board....just another way to spend our money!
Comment Profile ImageGood Grief
Comment #7 | Friday, Jun 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm
No Lee, "we" cannot vote on this. This is a board decision. That is why these people are elected and appointed to boards. We elect them to represent us. Did you ever take a government class? If you don't like the way they vote you can complain, you can also vote them out of office, or, if you really want to vote on something like this, you can always run for the board yourself.
Comment Profile ImageRMWD customer
Comment #8 | Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 6:47 am
All I have to say to Good Grief (comment 7) is I think most people don't have a clue and that is why these board members can get away with NOT representing the ratepayers. I want to know if the "per diem" is paid to board members that don't even stay to the end of meeting or to those members who abstain from voting. The guys who arrive late, leave early, or abstain from voting without cause should NOT get a dime. The rest should get about $50 per meeting. They will probably hide it, but my guess is this JPA is going to cost us a bundle. RMWD customers are going to get screwed.
Comment Profile ImageGood Grief
Comment #9 | Saturday, Jun 29, 2013 at 11:37 am
@Comment #8: Then you need to educate yourselves on how our local forms of government works. We have school boards, water boards, fire boards, etc. They are our elected representatives and our voice. We can't blame them if we don't know how they operate.

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