As a general practice, I don’t write editorials.
Scratch that: in my time as a journalist, I have never done so. And for good reason — as journalists (unless your name is Hunter S. Thompson) we are (ideally) supposed to maintain this sort of unadulterated objectivity. I do my best not to compromise that, and I would like to think that I have been fairly successful in keeping my reporting free from bias.
Despite requests for reflective pieces here and there, and having the clearance to write them, I have never really had any desire to do so– that is, until recently.
You see, it seems that week after week, we at the Pioneer Review have been writing about something good happening in Maxwell.
From the grand re-opening of the community pool, to movie nights at the little league field and – most recently – the success of the Maxwell youth soccer team, this summer has been a noteworthy one for the community.
By and large, the force behind all of these endeavors has been the board members and volunteers with the Maxwell Park and Recreations District.
All of the current board members – Randy Wilkins, Kyle Miller, Stephanie Fermin, and Andre Young – along with a handful of additional community members, deserve a bigger pat on the back than this measly editorial piece could possibly hope to give them.
That rings especially true for the board: they are payed nothing to run a district that — according to a report from the Colusa County Local Agency Formation Commission — is funded by a $15 per-residence, $0.07 per acre, and a $3 minimum annual assessment.
Those have been the assessment rates in Maxwell since voters passed the annual assessment levy in 1985. That was more than 40 years ago, when $1.00 had the same buying power of $2.23 in today’s money.
Folks, it sure seems like the board is here for the right reasons, and they’re doing a darn good job, too — with minimal funding to boot.
I would be remiss not to mention that the district has received a good deal of support from the community outside of those assessments — and hopefully, considering the low cost property owners are forced to bear for the district’s services, that support continues. After all, the district is once again operating and maintaining a pool, and that doesn’t come cheap.
To be fair, I have only been a Maxwell resident for the past eight months. And, while I have been a reporter in the county for nearly two years — not to mention a resident for all but six years of my life — I didn’t get over to Maxwell nearly enough to report on the community’s happenings, at least before I started living here.
As such, I can’t say from experience whether the Maxwell Park and Recreations District board has always espoused such drive, gumption and palpable, authentic passion for the community it serves – but I can and will say that this particular board, and the handful of volunteers who have helped serve the community alongside them, are certainly worthy of praise.
— Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor of the Williams Pioneer Review.