THE GREAT LASSEN MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT'S SHILL
Fred Nagels son-in-law, Wayne Langston (served 9 years without ever being elected to the LMUD
Wayne Langston was President of the LMUD Board when Bill Stewart opened the Lambert Lane Substation project account on September 9, 2010. No authorization to take this action was authorized by the LMUD Board. There was no authorization to spend a single dollar on the Lambert Lane Substation prior to September 9, 2010,yet it appears that $358,000 for material and labor had been posted on a non-existent project.
At the September 28, 2010 LMUD meeting, the LMUD Minutes reflect that David Folce asked the LMUD Board, not the General Manager Ray Luhring, to allow Luhring to approve purchase orders exceeding the amount ($10,000) a General Manager could approve without Board approval. According to the LMUD Minutes, the LMUD Board approved the General Manager to sign purchase orders in excess of $10,000 ONLY FOR THE RICHMOND AND MILLWOOD SUBSTATIONS.
This was not an unusual practice for the LMUD Board to abrogate their fiscal responsibility to the General Manager. At the February 23, 2010 meeting, David Folce asked the LMUD Board to let the General Manager sign two purchase orders that exceeded $10,000. This again was not an open authority to allow the General Manager to sign "all" purchase orders exceeding the $10,000 limit.
However, at the November 29, 2011 meeting the LMUD Board authorized the General Manager/Bookkeeper Bill Stewart to sign invoices up to $100,000 associated with the construction of the Lambert Lane Substation in Standish.
You can find the FIRST hint of a Lambert Lane Substation in LMUD's July 6, 2011 Minutes. The Minutes state that during the latest LMUD bus tour, David Folce mentions "moving the substation in Standish".
The Lambert Lane Substation first appeared on a LMUD Agenda on August 23, 2011 but was deleted prior to the meeting. The September 27, 2011 LMUD Agenda placed the purchase of the Lambert Lane property APN 119-280-12-11, owned by an elderly widow Hazel Campbell. The LMUD Minutes state that LMUD intended to purchase only 6 acres for $20,000. The parcel is a flat undivided 10 acres.
Also mentioned, in the closed session decision to purchase this property, was a concern by Fred Nagel about BRINGING IN FILL DIRT PRIOR TO THE PURCHASE
At the November 29, 2011 LMUD meeting, Agenda Item 10 authorized General Manager/Bookkeeper Bill Stewart to sign the purchase agreement with Hazel Campbell of Sacramento.
At the November 29, 2011 LMUD meeting, Agenda Item 11 authorized General Manager/Bookkeeper Bill Stewart to sign invoices up to $100,000 without Board approval for expenses associated with the Lambert Lane Substation.
IS THERE SOMETHING MISSING HERE ?
In July/2011 David Folce stated that the Standish substation would be "moved".
The LMUD Budget (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012) states that "rebuilding" (?) the Standish substation will cost $145,000.
On December 6, 2011, Mr. Folce announced that the cost to BUILD the Lambert Lane Substation will be $1.2 million dollars.