To the editor
All of the voting members of the Greater Pine Island Water Association should have received their ballot for voting for water board positions and the new amendment to the by-laws, Article XV. If you haven't received your ballot, stop in GPIWA office and they will provide a duplicate. The ballot must be returned by Feb. 15, 2013.
There are two items on the ballot with the first being an addition of Article XV to the by-laws. This new by-law article limits the authority of the water board to add nutrients or other substances to the drinking water unless the action is approved by a majority vote of the voting membership or mandated by law or a regulatory agency. This new by-law does not limit substances necessary for water processing or sanitation. Article XV hopefully will prevent future conflicts such as the recently rescinded decision to fluoridate Pine Islands' drinking water. This article will not add any expense or influence operating procedures in anyway if approved. This article is proposed for approval by Citizens For Safe Water. GPIWA approved the wording of Article XV and according to the GPIWA general manager, does not oppose it. Please mark for on your ballot.
The other item on the ballot is election of one director to each of three districts, Matlacha, St. James City and at large. The Matlacha position is uncontested, St. James City has two candidates and three at large. The CFSW (Citizens for Safe Water) board of directors commend the current GPIWA directors for their dedication and willingness to spend the time and energy required of the positions they hold. At the same time they feel that some areas of management could be improved. One such area is transparency and conveyance of information to the association members.
With that in mind the CFSW directors now go on record as supporting Mr. Paul Pelky Jr. for the St. James City position and Mrs. Danna McDermott to fill the at large position. Both of these candidates have shown the ability, have the energy and expressed the desire to fit in and work to solve the above issues and any other that may arise.
Please send in your ballot and attend the annual meeting Feb. 26, 2013.
For CFSW board of directors