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KID board is doing what was requested
Letter to the editor May 28, 2016 by Marvin Cantrell, Klamath
Falls, for Herald and News,
Prior to their running for election for their positions they polled many of their fellow irrigators who belong to KID. They asked them what they felt needed to be changed at KID.
Now we are seeing them carry through with their commitment to accomplish the tasks requested of them. They are doing this in a legal manner; they are not going to the state and making false charges about prior violations of the public meeting laws and going to the state bar and accusing the attorney of ethics violations.
They were requested by many irrigators to leave Klamath Water Users Association because the goals of the KBWA were diametrically opposite of what was in the best interest of the Klamath Irrigation District.
They needed representation in dealing with the BOR in the C Flume negotiations and felt the representation they had wasn’t up to handling the responsibility.
They replaced employees with good reason. Under state law, those decisions are not up to public view. If those employees want to make those decisions public, they may do so. I haven’t heard anyone step up and do so and explain the options that they may or may not have had.
The aforementioned board members stepped up and took up commitments they said they would try to accomplish. Now look at the abuse raining down on them! I and many of my fellow KID irrigators applaud their efforts.
Put aside conflict, move KID forward One of the biggest
challenges in life is getting along with others and avoiding
strife. On the other hand, one of the sweetest things in life is
seeing unity. Why is the Klamath Irrigation District Board
divided and not able to conduct business on behalf of the
irrigators? They took an oath to oversee the management and
finances of KID. Are Mr. Cannon’s words to the board only heard
by some? You need to put aside your differences and find a path
to move forward as the KID Board. If you had an employee who
misappropriated $213,000 would you not take action? If nothing
was done wrong, why would the employee seek legal justification
from the board attorney? Why would the attorney have a conflict
of interest in representing the board? I welcome an ethics
investigation into the board members, and the three attorneys.
Let the chips fall where they may. I stand behind my board
representative, Grant Knoll, and know he is doing what he feels
is best for all KID Irrigators. Do you think he enjoys making
hard decision on our behalf? The easy way is to continue down
the same mismanagement of KID. I applaud his courage for
standing up for his district. I thank Grant, Brent and Ken for
making the correct decisions and their daily effort to move KID
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