The Ironhouse Sanitary District just dished out $2,500 to sponsor the EC² The Collaborative which is an out-of-district event that is hosted by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce.
While the event is free, this is not a good use of ratepayer money as this is some very reckless spending by the Ironhouse Sanitary District considering you have the Delta Diablo Sanitation District already as a sponsor who are within the District of the Antioch Chamber.
According to Kathleen at the Antioch Chamber, all six sponsors paid the same $2,500 for a cool $15,000. Kudos to the Antioch Chamber for being able to sell the sponsorships. That is awesome for you, but its at the expense of ratepayers not in your district.
I sent an email to general manager Tom Williams this morning asking whether he approved the sponsorship or the Board of Directors gave the approval—there has been no response yet at the time I pushed this article live.
In checking with the Oakley Chamber of Commerce website, Ironhouse is a member of the Oakley Chamber as Tom Williams is also Director. However, Ironhouse is not a member of the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce which was confirmed by Cha-Cha Cha this morning.
You would think that before Ironhouse goes out of it’s service area to give $2,500 of our money to another Chamber for a single event, it would at least have the courtesy to become a Chamber member of Bethel Island who is actually within its District lines.
The web also gets deeper as Mike McGill serves as the Vice Chair Economic Development at the Antioch Chamber. Remember, Mr. McGill is also a Board Member at Central Sanitation District just over the hill. Not to get into a conspiracy theory, but this is one giant scam to ratepayers.
This is just another example of why change is needed at Ironhouse as things like this should never occur when our rates continue to increase each year and they throw around our money on events like this.
Ratepayers pay for services, not to fund out of district chamber of commerce events.
The ratepayers just had $2,500 stolen from them and both Mr. Williams and the Board need to be held accountable for their actions as this is unacceptable.