Residency issue, service on board questioned
To the editor:
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Senator Roger Pine has been voting in the wrong county since 1999 and would still be, but a poll worker challenged his status as an eligible voter in Douglas County in the August election. Mr. Pine and his wife have lived in Leavenworth County since 1999.
He has been running the Douglas County Kaw Valley Drainage District, which is illegal because he doesn’t live in Douglas County. He did away with audits and bids for work that needed to be done.
Many of the no-bid work went to his friends and the other two members of the board and the Pine Family Farm. According to Arch Naramore, the newest member of the Drainage District, Mr. Pine runs the checkbook and knows all the people we are supposedly dealing with.
Mr. Pine writes checks for himself and the two other members of his district each December for $900.
He took the $67,000 they get annually from the taxpayers out of the Douglas County treasurer’s office and put it in a private bank.
In 2003 and 2004 he wrote a check for $21,900 to Jere McElhaney, who operates a fence-building company and serves on the Douglas County Commission. The public documents show a one-word definition for the projects: “VERBAL.” Does that mean that he spent that much money without an invoice or anything to show what was supposed to be done? And is it a coincidence Mr. Pine’s wife served on the Douglas County Commission at the same time as Mr. McElhaney?
And this is only a small part of what has been going on. He resigned from his commission when the Capital-Journal started asking questions.