This is to advise you that it is with regret that I am, as of this date, replacing you as Regional District Alternate Director for Area H. My decision to make this change comes about as a result of our divergent views on the process of the upcoming Princeton Aquatic Center Referendum. While we are both fully in agreement that Princeton is in need of a new facility we differ greatly on our concept of the democratic process. I was from the beginning aware that you personally very much wanted this referendum to pass but I had thought that you would have put the interests of the people of Area H above your personal considerations. I expected that you would have reconsidered your position to try and tie the votes of Area H to that of the Town when you became aware that a petition had been presented with over 800 Area H residents and property owners indicating that they wished to have that separation take place. You also knew that Area H would be required to pay over 60% of the capital and operating costs of the project. I was therefore very much surprised that you would come to the Regional Board and attempt to convince the Board not to respect the right of residents in Area H to decide on their own whether or not to support this referendum.
Because of your previous good work on other matters within the region I considered not asking you to step down until the upcoming election, however, it is now clear that there is confusion within Area H as to whether or not your position on the Committee is as an official RDOS representative, and as to whether or not I am in agreement with public statements you have made. Some of your statements appear to me to be inconsistent and irreconcilable. I do not believe that this decision to replace you will in any way affect your ability to serve on the Aquatic Committee but will rather give you more freedom to say what you wish without concern as to the responsibility of your position as Alternate Director.
I thank you very much for the work that you have put in as Alternate Director. I know that you have an interest in many of the projects in which we are involved with Princeton and I would be pleased to meet with you at any time to keep you up to date. Thank you again Charles.
This letter has been printed at the request of Brad Hope and with the permission of Charles Weber.