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Credit given where it’s due

I have heard about enough from “outsiders” with conflicting views about the removal of Marguerite Leipzig from Sanitation District Number 1. Two members of this committee represent Lake Wildwood. I am that other member and have been for more than three years. Contrary to the views expressed in the latest letter to The Union (from North San Juan), Marguerite has been instrumental in holding the rate steady in Lake Wildwood for seven years, in spite of continuously increasing costs (compare your cost of living today with that of seven years ago).

The fact that Marguerite and I are diametrically opposite in our viewpoints concerning various environmental issues does not deter me from giving credit where credit is due.



Gordon Plantenga, the extremely capable DOTS wastewater operations manager, has worked well with our committee, and Marguerite has been a sort of unofficial liaison between the reality a county employee has to face and the necessity that the committee has in trying to make sure that we “get the most bang for our buck.”

The $5 million referred to in this letter is not a “cleanup” bill – it is work that is ongoing in order to keep abreast of the new, as yet to be implemented, regulations. Our committee, in conjunction with the very cooperative efforts of Gordon, is working hard to get some of the new and unnecessarily stringent requirements of these new regulations altered in some way that will help the smaller northern counties that do not have the resources available to our more populous neighbors.




In closing, let none of us get carried away with emotional diatribe against anyone who does not have the same viewpoint that we do.

Don Jones

Penn Valley


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