Well, here we go again. Following on the heels of a failed attempt to recall commissioner Jon Guinn, a petition containing the required 20 registered voter signatures has been accepted by the Kootenai County clerks office, elections division. This petition or rather two petitions, ask for the recall of Rudy Rudebaugh and Mr. Fish, both elected last fall to positions as Timberlake Fire district Commissioners. Here is the wording of those complaints.
"We, the undersigned citizens and registered electors of Timberlake Fire Protection District, respectfully demand that David "Rudy" Rudebaugh, holding the office of commissioner of Timberlake Fire Protection District, Zone 4, be recalled by the registered electors of the Timberlake Fire protection District for the following reasons, to-wit:
Violation of Public Trust by conferring in private with other commissioners in violation of the Idaho open meeting laws, to arrange for an outside agency to manage operations for Timberlake ire Protection District and immediately improperly terminate the fire chief; irresponsible use of taxpayer money for excessive, unnecessary legal advice, consulting fees and unnecessary special meetings; and for supporting an MOU with Northern Lakes Fire District for an annual rate of $80,000, which is 11,000 more than what the fire chief was being paid;
that a special election be called, that we,each for himself say: I am a registered elector of the Timberlake Fire Protection District, my residence,post office address, and the date I signed this petition are correctly written after my name."
After calling the election office of the Kootenai county clerk, I was informed that an identical petition naming Commissioner fish was submitted. I will try to keep everyone informed without prejudice to one or the other positions. Tomorrow I will publish one of two responses that I have received by commissioners, and others as and if they are submitted. These are serious subjects that require serious thought as well as discussion. In this blog I at this time do not anticipate taking sides, as I think everyone should think this through and respond without my help.
If, in fact information comes to light that needs to be aired,I will do so, but leaving room for dissenting opinions. As always, feel free to leave comments, but keep it on subject and without getting personally abusive toward anyone involved. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Unfortunately, the Fire District has removed their web site, which restricts availability of information to the public.
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