Kesinger, Schildhouse should resign
If the events at the Ramona Municipal Water Board over the course of the past several months were not so serious and far-reaching in such a meaningful way for all residents within the boundaries of the RMWD, they would be laughable. But no one should be laughing.
I preface my remarks with some precursors. First, I have great respect for Kit Kesinger, having served with him on the RMWD board and been witness to his diligence and insightful analysis of issues. Second, I do not know Rex Schildhouse, but have no reason to doubt his competence and ability.
Third, both of these men were elected by their constituents to represent them on the water board. And fourth, I have always disagreed with the board majority’s decision to change the board meeting time to 2 p.m. Doing so not only precludes a large segment of the populace from serving on the water board, but it prevents citizens with jobs from attending meetings to observe and provide input on issues of interest to them.
All that being said, and with no malice directed toward anyone, it is time for Kit and Rex to resign their seats on the water board. Whether or not one agrees with the board direction and policy, it is what it is, and the district operates within those parameters.
The community has a right to and expectation of a fully manned and functioning water board.
Serious issues which effect every man, woman and child in the Ramona district are decided at that table each month. It is an affront to both the community in toto and the constituencies of the two absent directors in particular that two seats at the table are empty meeting after meeting.
The constituents who elected these directors saw promise, intellect and competence in these individuals, and rewarded them with a position of trust and import. For reasons right, wrong or beyond their control, they have responded to this trust by voluntarily or involuntarily abandoning their position on the water board.
The result of this unfortunate happenstance is that two-fifths of this town has no active and involved representation on the water board and no voice in the important issues addressed week in and week out.
The constituencies of these two directors who have resigned all official RMWD duties but their seats should be outraged at this situation. Both being honorable and competent men, I believe it is the duty of these two RMWD directors to their constituencies to resign their seats and make way for individuals who will fully and competently represent their divisions and the district in general going forward. It is too important to allow ego, politics or personalities to jeopardize the ability of two-fifths of the RMWD to have adequate and effective representation on the RMWD Board. Rise above it, guys, and do what best for the people who placed their trust in you.