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Id like to know how many of those board members have expirience in the management of a water company.
And I voted for some of these bozos! The 3 Board members seem to have one mission - to do anything to avoid raising rates no matter what happens. The reality with TUD and a lot of infrastructure is that there is nothing close to enough money to make capital improvements to replace and upgrade existing infrastructure. Rates were kept low over the years so long as new development was paying impact fees, those fees were used to extend and expand the system without plowing money back into the backbone of pipes, treatment plants, etc. The old infrastructure needs replacement, but no capital funds are in the bank as they should be. The only choice is to raise the rates, and the new Board is adamantly opposed. Pete leads the parade out the door, expect a lot more to retire or move on soon.
..."but Rotelli says the district will still likely need to pay him for an extended period."
Rotelli is next.
Get rid of the Good Ole' boys.
Good riddance, but still pay him, get rid of Rotelli too!!
TUD is a mess.....
What a shame. In my experience Pete has been an honest and effective leader. The new Board has no idea about the complexities involved with running TUD. I guess when you're full of arrogance and short on knowledge it all seems simple.
Cant wait for the replacement to see the direction tud will take
You would have to be blind deaf and dumb not to see this coming. Hate to say told you but I told you during all the antics over the rate increases and he gets on too many other boards here there and all over California. Sounds like he got caught red handed with his hand in the cookie jar. Or maybe a discrimination firing that nobody can ever speak about. Can't wait to hear The Rest Of The Story.
Meanwhile get ready for another rate increase to fix all the leaks. Maybe get a new Water Manager at $550,000 annual salary and a real nice golden parachute retirement. What a shame is right.
This is an outrage. The newly elected TUD members haven't a clue about what they have just done. Nor do they have one iota of sense about how to run and MAINTAIN a water district. No vision for the future, either. This simply defies logic. Oh, I guess the inexperienced know better. Tuolumne County is doomed. Recall the 3 that voted Kampa out.
TUD NEEDS a new direction and hopefully this is the start. Perhaps Mr. Kampa was too entrenched in the public sector way of life... heck look at the first goal of the 2008 Strategic Plan... it was not the customers and fixing the system it was the employees... The fiances were a mess and we as the owners' of the system were never really given the full truth. It took a new Board to insist on giving us the true costs and expenses... now we know it is around $16 million in unfunded liabilities. TUD needs someone that also knows were the $$$ is going... My bet, Kampa never paid any attention to where the $$$ was going... just raise rates to cover bigger salaries and primo benefits... no one paid attention til we got walloped by the recession and saw where the increases were going.
I imagine this move will in multiple ways come back to bite the ratepayers in the pocketbook. The coming chapters of TUD reading will be interesting
Since it's the employees who do the work, build the infrastructure, maintain the lines, operate the system, it behooves one to keep qualified employees, but that important detail is lost on some. The new board doesn't have a clue about water districts, that's obvious. Kampa will be on to bigger and better things, no doubt. Sad that this current board has no vision or plan for improvements/repairs, so no complaining when rates go sky high because emergency repairs to major lines require replacement. Kampa has more vision and knowledge about water districts than anyone else in this county, period.
We need to fire the union! What happens is that the board kisses the ring of the union over the years and created this unfunded mandate. What is a unfunded mandate? Its the wage and retirement package the board approves every time the union wants a wage increase. It doesn't matter what the economy is doing, it doesn't matter what the general manager does its the fault of the board and the union.
The only mistake the new TUD Board majority made was waiting this long to terminate the GM.
It's about time!! Maybe now someone will contact the federal goverment and get the federal funds to fix the water in this county...Millions of dollars are available and no one has even tried to get it...
how can you continue to pay some one no longer Employed with you am I missing something?bet he figured that in just incase something like this happen as for the employees benefits while back was decided that new employees would not have as good as the older employees at that time of decision Mr. Kampa and the board could have reduced the older employees benefits at the same time plus how many new employees will be hired only through retirement I believe so that was no big deal also I have been told that older employees that work just 5 years get 100% paid benefits for themselves and there families for life after retirement or just moving on long as you had 5 years with TUD as for MR Rotelli he was there also so he was also part of the problem. I just hope the next person has clear vision.
what's the rest of the story? I couldn't care less who run's tud, or who's on the board, past or present. it doesn't matter,the're all the same. in the end rates will go up. there's gotta be more to this one. a special closed door meeting, a secret vote all of the sudden. come on, what did he do? somebody has something on kampa, or they wouldn't be voting him out, by majority, in the middle of a fat contract, that the're gonna pay anyway. come on, tell us. what's really goin on?
I agree with rightwinger!
Right winger I think if you looked deeper into the issues, you would find that TUD employees are highly skilled, state certified utility operators, certified mechanics, heavy equipment operators, construction craftsmen and registered civil engineers. Without high quality, highly performing employees, the health and safety of the community is at risk of disease outbreak, no water for firefighting and state fines. It is difficult to attract and retain such employees in a market where neighboring water utilities pay more and have better benefits, and there is a shortage of certifiable employees. Mr Kampa took the heat and was let go for trying to explain to this newly elected, inexperienced board that the law requires TUD customer dollars to be spent to fund quality employees to do this work
Kampa told the truth constantly and informed the board constantly of the declining financial condition while TUD made millions of investments in system replacements. Look at the record....the board developed the strategic plan and directed Kampa to propose rate increases to cover the necessary work. The rates were Approved in 2009 and again in 2011, but the board never implemented the rates in 2010 or 2011, then the new board this year denied them. Then Kampa was blamed for the financial demise even though he warned the board constantly. It's all on video
If he was doing his job correctly, he would still have it. That is life in the real world.
Tedy that is the classic line from the CA Water District Unions. It is a monopoly that no one has questioned until now. And it was developed by the Unions to get more and better salaries and bennys from the' captured audience' ... THE RATEPAYER. We can not afford to pay 100% of the public sectors retirement or health care anymore. Let's start with ALL public sector employees paying their full 8% retirement contribution.... whether they work for TUD or not. It is a start.
Having worked with Pete I can say without reservation that he was an effective GM.
Even moreso, he was highly skilled at relationship building and messaging to all levels of government, which all too often ignore places like Sonora in favor of making investments of State and Federal funds in urban areas.
The Board made a mistake here, and it will become readily apparent in the coming months and years that Pete was an essential asset and will be sorely missed.
I am confident Pete will land someplace bigger and better...those in the public utility community know his great value. These recently elected rookies have no credibility or understanding of the environment beyond Tuolumne County and its implications for our area.
Incorrect, Mr. CommonSense. In the real world, one can be doing a great job, but if the decision makers are ignorant, inexperienced, have an axe to grind or want to please others lacking in current knowledge, one can lose their job through no fault of their own. That's factual.
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