At a January 26, 2012 annual meeting of Hughes County Rural Water District #2 in Stuart Oklahoma, the minutes of 2011 annual meeting that was read by Secretary/Treasurer Janet Frederick were disputed by water customer (member). After this dispute, membership voted not to approve those minutes until the board of directors produced the handwritten minutes for the membership to review. The member disputed the legality of the election of the water district’s chairman – Jim Wilson in reference to term of office. Secretary of the rural water district read minutes of 2011 annual meeting that mentioned that Jim Wilson was re-elected at a 2011 annual meeting.
Another member – Ronda Talley, at the January 26, 2012 meeting made motion to not approve the 2011 annual meeting minutes. The motion overwhelming carried to not approve those minutes.
Prior to this January 2012 annual meeting, most of the board of directors told the membership that they did not know when their term of office expired. Many water customers in this water district had been questioning the legality of the term of office and elections of the district’s board of directors that the board claims to had occurred at an alleged prior meeting.
At a chaotic Rural Water District # 2 meeting, a resident said that the water operator told him that he was advised that anyone with livestock to shut their water meter off. Another resident told board members that it would be cold day in hell before they shut water off to his livestock. Rural Water district manager, Vivian Moody replied “.. what’s more important? people’s lives or their livestock?
Part of the problem is that residents mostly in Stuart, Oklahoma are not getting any water or water that comes out to a trickle. Some of them wanted to know that if they are not getting water, if they have to pay the water bill. Board member replied yes. Residents complained that when they turn on water, air pressure causes the meter to register & that they are getting charged for it.
Also at this meeting, it was revealed that Rural Water District 2 (RWD #2) has only 2 guys working in the field. RWD # 2 chairman acknowledged that the money spent on chemicals is going down the drain.
Another resident complained that it took RWD #2 six months to fix water leak.
Vivian Moody started complaining about Oklahoma DEQ because it was inspecting her Water District which she felt had deprived her of putting the maintenance guys to work.
This Rural Water District meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Center in Stuart, Oklahoma on July 18, 2011. Approximately 60 people attended.