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LETTER: Silt Water Conservancy District should be repurposed

This letter is written to the landowners and water-share-owners of the Silt Water Conservancy District.

As you know, in last November’s election you voters turned back the request from the district’s governing board to “De-Bruce” the district. As you also know, because of decades of neglect and deferred maintenance by the governing board, the ability of the district to deliver vital irrigation waters to the landowners and farmers/ranchers is now severely compromised and needing millions of dollars for basic repairs and in some instances, complete restoration.

For the public record: In February 2013, I attended a Silt Water Conservancy District Board meeting at the offices in downtown Silt, and because of my well-known public opposition to County Commissioners Jankovsky, Martin and Samson, the old Republican Party men who are your Water District directors (in so many words) told me to leave the building.

That said, I have drafted a preliminary redevelopment plan for the “re-purposing” of the district. If successful, the re-purposing of the Silt Water Conservancy District will have the added synergism of effectively doubling the property values of your land and will also create $25/hour jobs for employees of the district, while also repairing the district ditches and canals.

This process can only begin when the voters admit that the old Republican Party men who make up the district’s board must be recalled or not re-elected.

Carl L. McWilliams

Silt Mesa

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