I know that the current ongoing investigation is on many people’s minds. I know that anxiety exists during this unfortunate and difficult period. I want to assure everyone that the third-party attorney conducting the investigation is aware of the sensitivity of the issue and is doing all he can to provide a complete and exhaustive investigation. His current estimate is that the investigation is on track to be concluded in the next 2 to 3 weeks. Once a complete report is received by the board, decisions will be made based upon that report and advice from counsel and will be communicated to the public. I am aware that everyone wants answers right now, but unfortunately this is the best update I can provide while we follow legal protocol.
Over the course of the next 4 to 6 months, the district will be holding a series of community forums in which we will provide opportunities for the community to give feedback regarding the capital facilities plan. The first of these will be held later in February, via zoom. Hopefully they will be held in person in the future at various venues throughout the Peninsula. These forums will provide a good opportunity for everyone to learn more about the details of the plan, cost estimates of the different aspects, and hopefully for us to get a sense of how citizens feel the district should proceed in the years ahead. More details will be forthcoming.
The first of three new medic units has arrived. I must say, it is beautiful, and more importantly should provide a greater service to our citizens. These units should last the district 10 years or more with the boxes being able to be moved to a new chassis over time. They are larger, having greater capacity for additional tools and equipment, and are 4-wheel drive. The remaining 2 units should arrive in the weeks ahead. There will be a public “rolling in” ceremony in weeks ahead, and that information will be communicated to everyone.
Meanwhile, Interim Chief Jason Learned is hard at work managing all operational issues ensuring continuity in our services. In the next few weeks, he will be expanding on these and other issues important to the community via this blog. In the meantime, please be assured that our dedicated crews continue to provide the daily services that all our community members need and deserve.
Please stay safe,