Three candidates have filed so far for three seats on the Ukiah Valley Sanitation District’s board of directors that will be open this December.
According to the Mendocino County Elections Office, incumbents Robert Page and Jim Ronco have filed nomination papers, as well as Ernie Wipf.
The deadline to file for interested parties is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. However, if remaining incumbent board member John Sakowicz does not file, the deadline will be extended until Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Anyone who lives within the jurisdiction of the Sanitation District, is a registered voter and gets signatures of support from 20 other registered voters can run for a board seat.
At the last Ukiah City Council meeting Aug. 2, City Manager Sage Sangiacomo said “the estimated legal expenditures by the Sanitation District (in relation to the multi-million-dollar lawsuit it filed against the city) are closing in on $4 million, with $3.3 million paid to the law offices of Duncan James alone.” Sangiacomo added that the city had spent $814,000 so far.
When dividing that among the ratepayers for each entity, Sangiacomo said those totals amount to “$1,225 per district customer account, and approximately $207 per city account.”
“I had hoped that we would make progress with mediation, but clearly that is not occurring,” said Council member Maureen Mulheren, referring to the two mediation sessions the agencies have held recently to possibly settle the lawsuit out of court. “The sheer amount of money that will at same point be borne by the ratepayers is just not acceptable.
Mayor Jim Brown added that while the Sanitation District had…
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