FAIRFIELD — Reports about conferences will be filed by Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District directors – and Gregory Baatrup, district general manager, will advise directors about what staff members learn during travel that the Solano County grand jury said cost a total of $135,169 from 2010 to 2012.
“We are using public money,” director Catherine Moy said. “There’s reason to give the public what we’ve learned.”
Moy was elected by directors to the sewer district’s executive committee in January – a post she said had been denied to her because of her opposition to “junkets” taken by other district directors.
She spoke Monday at the meeting of the full board when Baatrup reviewed the reporting requirement that he said “just formalizes the procedure so we can check all the boxes off with the grand jury.” Public agencies that are the subject of a grand jury report respond to the document.
Directors said they have been filing reports about conferences, whose cost was a subject of a 2013 grand jury report.
Moy at the sewer district executive committee meeting last week had suggested that staff also file reports. Baatrup said Monday such a requirement would involve additional work and that care would have to be taken so that reports weren’t too explicit.
He said after the meeting that his concerns cover technical and administrative matters that can arise at conferences.
Rather than require staff members to file accounts of conferences, Baatrup will review the events when he makes his report to directors during the board meetings.
Suisun City resident George Guynn Jr. of the Central Solano Citizens-Taxpayers Group said he’s happy to see sewer district officials discussing the requirement for reports about conferences that directors attend.
“But the junkets need to be reduced,” he said.
The argument that conferences allow directors to network with other politicians just allows the possibility of more actions that the sewer district shouldn’t undertake, Guynn said.
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