Tribune-Courier News Editor
Sometimes there just aren’t any easy answers.
Nearly a year ago allegations of mismanagement and misconduct were leveled at the North Marshall Water Board and its employees. The board was heading toward a financial cliff and, despite months of discussion, couldn’t seem to agree on a way to get off the edge. Planned and unplanned purchases, rising operating expenses and human error put the district in a precarious— but not unrecoverable— position.
County boards, for the most part, are allowed to operate without much interference from above. In the case of a water district, they follow regulations set forth by the Public Service Commission. The PSC regulates investor-owned electric, gas, telecommunications, certain water and sewer utilities, rural electric and telephone cooperatives and water districts and associations.
And in the case of the NMWD, they were also under the purview of the Marshall County Fiscal Court. Last week, the court took action against the board.
With commissioner Terry Anderson recusing himself, the court removed or replaced all but one board member, opting to leave member Billy Driskell. Discussion on Driskell was tabled, which means the court may address it in the near future. Or never.
This is a chance for the district to move forward. The new members have an opportunity to work together to better the district. The chosen group has varied experiences. Hopefully, they can work together. Hopefully, the divisiveness that bogged down the last board won’t prove to be a problem.