Webster plans swearing in as Ronald Wastewater Commissioner Nov 26

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ronald Wastewater Commission candidate George Webster plans to be sworn in as a new commissioner soon after King County officials certify his election Nov 26.

Webster is running against appointed incumbent Commissioner Richard Matthews for what ballots call a "short and full term." The full term is the six-year term beginning Jan. 1. The short term is the last five weeks of the term that Matthews holds by appointment, starting with the Nov 26 certification of results.

Webster led Matthews by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin with at least 98 percent of ballots counted Friday.

The county canvassing board plans to meet at 3pm Tuesday, Nov 26, to sign certificates of election. 

Webster's first meeting as a commissioner will be Dec 10.

Commissioners have moved a scheduled Nov 26 meeting to Monday, Nov 25.


Anonymous,  November 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM  

I hope the new commissioners' first action will be to immediately discontinue wasting further money and effort on the ridiculous "super district" idea that was cooked up with the befuddled geezers at Shoreline Water District.

Anonymous,  November 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM  

What about the "super city" Shoreline follows like a sheep at the state and national level? I am speaking of course of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), of which City Council member Will Hall is on the board, and the National League of Cities (NLC), which held its annual convention in Seattle this week.

Anonymous,  November 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM  

Where are you getting your "at least 98 percent" counted, Evan? Only 96.5% (15,385) of the 15,942 ballots "ready for count" for Ronald Wastewater District have been "cast" for positions 2 and 4, according to King County Elections. Just under 98% of "ballots returned" for all of King County are even "ready for counting." For Ronald Wastewater District, 97.4% of the "ballots returned" are even "ready for counting." I cannot find a figure of "at least 90 percent" anywhere. Help us out. Thanks.

Anonymous,  November 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM  

Correction: I cannot find a figure of "at least 98 percent" anywhere. Help us out. Thanks

Anonymous,  November 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM  

Whatever happened to comments being civil and respectful, with no personal attacks? Calling the commissioners names at SWD is neither.

I could say that Gretchen Atkinson and Sis Polin are a couple of old biddies, as well as George Webster is an old geezer, but Diane Hettrick will probably delete my comments.

Anonymous,  November 18, 2013 at 8:07 AM  

Why would the incumbents move a meeting one day earlier? Does that mean that an appointed lame duck, who was rejected by the voters, will be making decisions that should have been made the next day by a commissioner who was elected? What damage are they planning to do before leaving office? The voters have spoken. The incumbents should not take expensive and irreversible actions the day before a newly elected official joins them.

Anonymous,  November 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM  

Whatever it is can't be good. Does confirm though that the voters are on the right track. Probably trying to firm up some golden handshake funny business. I'm sure that Ronald's consultant who ginned up the comical "super district" study and Ronald staff will be furiously pushing invoices and payment checks back and forth. Sort of like the scene in "Argo" where the embassy staff are trying to burn all the documents.

Evan Smith (not anonamous),  November 19, 2013 at 1:04 AM  

Readers can decide whether to believe this:
The District manager told me Friday that the commissioners had moved the meeting from Tuesday to Monday to because some needed to leave early for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Anonymous,  November 19, 2013 at 2:43 PM  

Evan, as it pertains to Mr. Derrick's utterances, he can pretend to tell the truth if you can pretend to believe him.

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