Amidst the wreckage of last week’s election, an eager reader pointed out one shiny gem: sane people committed to sensible government kicked litigious yahoos off the West Dakota Water Development Board.
Anarcho-conservative Hill City denizen George Ferebee has been on a crusade against septic-tank regulations in the Black Hills. Apparently he wants to be able to pee and poop all over his Black Hills property and not be held to any reasonable standard for keeping his waste from polluting the watershed. Last month, he got fellow conservatives on the West Dakota Water Development Board to appropriate $7,500 to pay his lawyer to fight state regulations on septic systems.
Read that again: a water development board is going to spend taxpayer dollars collected for the purpose of protecting water quality to fight regulations meant to protect water quality. That was too much for even one of Ferebee’s conservative friends on the board:
Because of Ferebee’s history, West Dakota board member Jeannette Deurloo, who voted against the $7,500 authorization, described the board’s action as an improper use of public funds to support a private legal fight.
“This is not the purpose of what we’re here for,” Deurloo said during the West Dakota board meeting. “This is not in our bylaws that we finance legal aid to citizens.”
Deurloo has since disclosed to the Rapid City Journal that she is one of several board members who was encouraged by Ferebee to seek a seat on the West Dakota board. She is sympathetic to his arguments against local septic laws, she said, but she thinks Ferebee should use his own time and resources to wage his campaign against the laws [Seth Tupper, “Prodded by Ferebee, Board Commits up to $7,500 in Public Funds Against Septic Laws,” Rapid City Journal, 2018.10.28].
That was also too much for voters, who replaced three incumbent yahoos with a team of candidates against the lawyer bills and for water quality, Ron Koth, Dan Driscoll, and Steven Rolinger. Voters also picked a fourth candidate, Linda Harris, who joined that pro-water team to claim an open seat.
Water is life itself. Ferebee and his fellow anarchists were quite literally crapping on life. It is nice to see an honest pro-life vote win somewhere in South Dakota. I suggest that liberals looking for better results in 2020 look to this pro-environmental result in one of the reddest areas of the state for guidance.