The Waters Commission, which operates Panther Island, cannot ignore voters’ demands for openness.


Voters need to be relieved, we guess, Talent Regional Water District Board of Directors So far, the defenestrated Chairman of the Board, Jack Stephens, has not been fulfilled. Hire a new general manager Before swearing to new board members.

But that’s the best thing you can say.The board of directors Closed session to discuss the person in chargeReceived information, led by President Lame Duck About job candidates..

Texas open government experts say this could be a violation of state law and could depend on differences in process updates and new employee “deliberations.” However, the board has long played fast and loosely with the transparency that government panels must accept. Don’t be afraid.

Alternative Longtime leader Jim Oliver This is the most important decision the board makes over the years. The members have a strong sense that Stevens may have settled down on the way out, without the opinion of the latest member, Mary Kelleher.

Water districts, which guarantee water supply to millions of residents in the Tarrant County area, have lost the trust of many voters and taxpayers, among others. Panther Island Project.. Increasingly tired of multi-billion dollar plans to reroute the Trinity River and see it as a boon.

Don’t believe our words. In our recent elections, some candidates in the Fort Worth office told us that voters spoke out about Panther Island on the campaign trail and complained about its cost, slow progress, and transparency questions. I did. They expect big changes.

Some people running for the Water District Commission acknowledged the issue in the campaign and promised to improve it. Voters spoke out loud Two of those candidates, Leah King and James Hill, were re-elected and Kelleher was returned to the board of directors for what they wanted.

Perhaps more notable is Stevens’ last death, a significant rejection of his incumbent after nearly 20 years of service.

It follows Stevens’ amazing comment on the editorial board, Current water district officials knew better Any new member may or should not be hired, even if that means voting one or two votes for an important decision.

Texas governing bodies are allowed to meet privately for a narrow reason and must be disclosed in advance. The personnel issues cited by the Water District Commission are certainly eligible. However, the State Supreme Court has made it clear that such a broad statement cannot cover the employment of chief executive officers. In the 1986 case in question, It was the school director. But the principle is the same.

Kelleher wins board seat With a comfortable margin. She deserves full involvement in deliberations on candidates for general manager. She must be the person who votes for new employees, not Stevens, but she should not be in a position to vote without proper information.

In the longer term, the board will need to resolve the squeeze rules and procedures for new member establishment. Stevens is still in place, setting the meeting’s board agenda as a lame duck.

It is unacceptable. Just as the board is still open to playing games and doing its business when voters issue a clear mandate for changes.

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