If bending the truth to the breaking point were considered an artform, then Darrell Vanyo must dream of wielding his brush like a master.
In a way, we have to thank Vanyo.
As a spokesperson for the FMDA (Fargo Dam and FM Diversion Authority) he offers up all kinds of nuggets.
For instance, he referred to a MN DNR letter (read more…) breaking off talks with the FMDA. The letter obviously fell into the FMDA Media Blackout category to suppress anything non-flattering that relates to the proposed project. Regardless, it all boiled down to the FMDA being disingenuous in efforts to find a Plan B to protect the metro area and the MN DNR called them on it.
There is obvious push-back against the rigged diversion assessment for a number of reasons, but the attempts to deflect and redirect public opinion away from focusing on the corrupt assessment vote does not erase the legacy of parochialism and imperialism.
Listen to the following clip:
|Listen: June 14, 2017 Audio Clip – Flag AM 1100
Darrell Vanyo, Cass Co. Appointee – FMDA
|Darrell Vanyo, Cass Co. Appointee – FMDA:||“…uhh…, Cass County Joint Water…, …uhh…, …uhh…, Board, …uhh… is the one who formulated the special assessment district, that was not put together by the diversion authority…”|
Isn’t it curious that Vanyo appears more concerned about who gets credit or blamed for formulating the rigged assessment vote than he is about how the taxpayer got taken advantage of…?
So let’s look at the facts.
This is really an incestuous story of participants that “wear many hats” in a quasi-state of conflict of interest and treat the hats like some sort of split personality in a feigned attempt to justify their actions.
The FMDA currently has six different boards and committees listed on their website.
Ironically, CCJWRD (Cass County Joint Water Resource District) has two of its five members serving on more than one FMDA board or committee.
However, the CCJWRD didn’t actually formulate the assessment district. That was done by DPAC (Diversion Project Assessmnet Committee), which is an 11 member ad-hoc sub-committee of the 5 member CCJWRD.
So in total, the 11 members of DPAC represented 32 seats across 8 boards and committees…, with the sole purpose of rigging an assessment district vote to guarantee that residential and commercial property owners would have only 41 percent of the potential votes.
DPAC members that formulated the diversion assessment district?
Rodger Olson 6 seats Mark Brodshaug 5 seats Mary Scherling 5 seats Pat Zavoral 3 seats Dan Jacobson 2 seats Michael R. Buringrud 2 seats Raymond Wolfer 2 seats Mark Bittner 2 seats Kent Costin 2 seats Michael Montplaisir 2 seats Jim Brownlee 1 seat Total Seats 32 seats
Don’t forget, Rocky Scheider (AE2S) and Mary Scherling (Cass County) carried the water for the $16,500 in PAC money they received, during the 2012 County Commission Race, from the Realtors PAC of ND and the North Dakota Association of Builders. On January 23, 2014 – Rocky Schneider of AE2S recommended to DPAC that indirect benefits should be assigned. Mary Scherling moved that DPAC usurp a majority of a property owners vote representation and transfer it to local governing entities.
In short, Mary Scherling threw EVERY TAXPAYER in Cass County under the bus for Fargo’s development project disguised as flood control. Of course, if she wouldn’t, some other shill would have.
So Darrell, while “technically” the FMDA “didn’t formulate” the diversion assessment district, the assessment district exists solely to benefit the FMDA project, had several members serving on multiple FMDA boards and committees and the DPAC meeting minutes clearly state:
MINUTES OF MEETING
DIVERSION PROJECT ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE
CASS COUNTY HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT
WEST FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA
Well…, would you look at that. “Diversion” is even in the title…