Commentary and Opinion By Linda Sutter – March 29, 2023
At Tuesday’s, March 28th Board of Supervisors meeting Chairman Darrin Short wore a smirk on his face the entire time he was alerted to arsenic contamination as well as other metals found leaking into the headwaters of Rowdy Creek caused from abandoned mines.
A gentlemen from Del Norte Alliance pleaded with the supervisors for a letter of support in order to obtain funds to clean some 90 mines up to prevent continued contamination of the Smith River.
What did these supervisors do? They tabled the issue until they conducted research on the matter.
In the meantime Darrin Short depends on our waste water treatment plant to provide him with contaminating issues regarding our water.
This issue was item number 8 out of 14 items on the consent agenda where the supervisors only allow the public 3 minutes to speak on 14 items.
Thankfully, Supervisor Dean Wilson pulled items 4 through 8 and opened them up for discussion and for public participation.
Chair Darrin Short also stopped the Supervisors from reporting to the public the meetings they have attended since the last Board meeting. So now if people want to know what is going on in this community you are expected to attend all the meetings that the Supervisors attend which take place during working hours.
Chair Darrin Short is a threat to the safety and security of our County because he is intentionally demonstrating blatant disregard to not providing transparency to the public to the point he will allow you to drink poisoned water and will not alert the public.