CHESTER A group of 10 Chester citizens filed notice Thursday that they intend to recall all five members of the Chester Public Utility District.
The five identical notices, filed with Plumas County Clerk-Recorder Kathleen Williams, cite improper fiscal management and the board's lack of independence from the manager.
Named in the separate notices are board Chairman Tonu Plakk and Directors Richard Myron Withrow, John William Knopp, Gregg Len Scott and Benjamin Brooks Thompson.
Public criticism of the board has been mounting for nearly a year and peaked at a June 25 meeting, when the district directors accepted an open-ended letter of retirement from Bill Turner, general manager of the district that supplies water, sewer, streetlight, fire and ambulance services to the community near Lake Almanor.
Turner also serves as Chester's fire chief.
Recall proponents specifically charged the board with failing to protect the ratepayers, taxpayers and employees of the district.
"The district has claimed that the Fire Department is in financial trouble yet during the last two years major spending has occurred, including a new ambulance and a significantly upgraded retirement plan, costing thousands, and borrowing from the CPUD to cover some of these purchases," the recall notice states.
Signing the recall notice of intent are Walter Asbury, Carol G. Asbury, Fred Biscotti, Pam Biscotti, David Harris, Janice E. Nelson, Richard E. Lee, David B. Shawles, Laurie A. Shawles and Edward M. Wistos.
Once the notice has been published in a local newspaper, they have until Sept. 25 to collect signatures of 335 voters registered in the Chester district, Williams said. The soonest a recall election could be held is January, she said.
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