Lucia A. D’Alfonso
For the past year and a half, I have attended all but one of the meetings of the Board of Directors of Greenville Municipal Water Authority. Now I feel compelled to write this letter.
Chairman Dick Miller recently wrote in another newspaper that just about every authority member for the past several years has been recruited by a certain council member and himself.
If they already had applicants for open seats, then why does anyone need to “recruit” to fill these positions? No disrespect to the newest board member, but how does a registered nurse have more knowledge of a water system than a senior civil engineer or an individual who studied law?
Did someone feel threatened that perhaps the open seats would be filled by someone who has knowledge of the system? Miller also stated that two board members are “testing the patience of other members.” Isn’t it unfortunate these two individuals have a right to ask questions as board members?
Joanne Price, a board member, was described by Mr. Miller as being appointed to council, but never elected. What’s the difference when Mr. Miller stated himself that he “recruits” people to serve on our local boards?
According to record, Mrs. Price was not a member of the finance committee when council “found” our million dollar surplus in 2007 as Mr. Miller stated. Records do show however, the council member that is getting a pat on the back from Mr. Miller for recruiting members to the water authority board after individuals had already applied was a member of the finance committee at the time of the surplus.
Mr. Miller also stated in his letter that, “Past boards are guilty of more sins than he can list.”
The biblical verse, “He who is without sin, shall cast the first stone,” comes to mind.
According to documents from Mercer County Court of Common Pleas dated in the early 1970s, as well as certain actions while serving on the water authority board, perhaps Mr. Miller shouldn’t be throwing any stones.
Lucia A. D’Alfonso