Last night, within minutes of attending the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, I realized John Skeel’s return to work as general manager of the EDHCSD was in imminent danger.
We failed to fill the meeting room with bodies, which is the only thing the BOD responds to … pressure from a room of angry people. The BOD does not internalize that which the citizens and employees of El Dorado Hills have stated over and over again; why was John Skeel placed on a leave of absence in the first place and why has John Skeel not returned to work? And when they do comment wondrous words of wisdom are spouted, but the questions are never clearly answered. As a previous speaker and frequent attendee of BOD meetings, I wanted someone else to get up and talk. Certainly there are enough concerned residents that do not agree with the BOD’s handling of the John Skeel issue, but where were they? Why didn’t they attend? It’s the Christmas season; I’m taking my child to sports; it’s too cold; I do charity work for another organization; or I just don’t care.
Look at our society; are we uncaring people? We need to care for our family, friends, neighbors and community. We need to take notice of what is going on in our own back yards and be accountable. We can support more than one cause and we can take time out of our busy schedules to help our community. We need to try and we need to care. People will help us. Good people exist everywhere. “Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.”
But I failed to get enough people to attend that one meeting – the one meeting that might have made a difference. Maybe people would see how nontransparent the BOD is -how much they waste our money and precious time, over and over again, and fail to make decisions. Their ability to botch a decision about something as ordinary as a citizen wanting to remove an oak tree is astounding.
There’s a joke there somewhere, how many board members does it take to … but it really is no joke. And the joke is on us because we allow this to happen.
The regular board meeting ended and the BOD went in closed session again. (They were also in closed session prior to the board meeting.) The BOD wanted to wait until everybody went home. There was even one board member not at the regular meeting who was able to make the closed session. When the board reported out what happened at the closed session, the one board member was not present again. The board member could have stayed for three more minutes. You can vote to terminate the contract of John Skeel but you do not have the nerve and fortitude to deliver the message to the steadfast few that stayed around for an answer? That is how our El Dorado Hills Board of Directors operates.
I include myself in this fine mess and want to publicly apologize to John Skeel and his family because I let them down. I was in a terrible mood today and short to those I love the most, my family. I later apologized and told them why. But John Skeel and his family relocated from Colorado to El Dorado Hills and now he does not have a job and does not know why. Now John has to do what is necessary to provide for his family.
The BOD issue is not resolved. There will be more truths that will surface about the board that will make many citizens of El Dorado Hills unhappy. Please act when you hear these truths. It’s not too late to voice your concern and take action.
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