By Karen Daniels
Five individuals are vying for three spots on the board of directors for the Water Control and Improvement District #2. Held at the Stafford Civic Center and moderated by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce last week, the evening began with each of the candidates’ introduction and brief explanation of why they deserved your vote.
Conducted in a round-robin format, it didn’t take long to pick up on the tension directed at one current board member accused of using “back door” methods to gain her spot on the board. They were referring to, Amada Rodriquez, who was appointed by TCQ to fill a vacated position in February of this year. However, Ms. Rodriguez simply followed the guidelines and applied for the position after 90 days of vacancy.
During the one hour forum, questions were asked like: What are the most important responsibilities of the board; How is the surface water and ground water mixing system working; What are your views on water conservation? Here’s snapshot of their answers:
#1 Lana Hoesing – Is a prior WC&ID #2 board member who is semi-retired, and vows to keep taxes and water rates low. She believes moving the district forward and using tax money appropriately is most important. The district follows the guidelines set by the TCQ for the mixing system, but believes there are more problems with the ground water than the surface water. She conserves water, but is happy with the district’s ample supply.
#2 Julius “Jody” Court – Is a first time candidate, a firefighter/paramedic with 20 years experience and is ready for the challenge to serve the community. He believes that fiscal responsibility is most important and feels that the procedures are already set by the TCQ and out of the control for the WC&ID for the water mixing system. And as far as water conservation, he said that we should see his yard.
#3 John Ferro – Is a current board member with 17 years experience, is self-employed, and has an open door policy. He believes managing the district’s infrastructure and funds are most important. He has some concerns about the water mixing system because people are complaining. For conservation, he feels that everyone should water their yards and cars–there is no drought in the district.
#4 John Rose – Is a former Stafford City Councilman, employed as a tax analyst, and has the “know how” to get things done. He believes the most important responsibility is to provide quality water now, and in 20 years. He feels that the current water mixing has issues and that his water smells. His advice is to take care of your assets, but use only the water you need.
#5 Amada Rodriguez – Is a civil engineer, understands the lingo used in this field, and prior to submitting her application to the TCQ, resigned from another water district. She believes that most important is to use the tax money wisely and provide quality water. She feels that the surface water is not corroding the pipes and wants the public to be cautious of how they use their water, but proud that the district has plenty of it.
Election day is May 12th, but early voting begins April 30th – May 5th.