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Fairpoint’s finances get big boost

Fairpoint’s finances get big boost

The collective of utilities that supplies Holley Navarre Water System has discovered a line of low-interest credit that can apparently be used to cover much of its infrastructure costs for years to come. John Grant, the volunteer president of Fairpoint Regional Utility System, told the Navarre Press: “We found a million dollars that we didn’t […]

Calkins’ legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

Calkins’  legacy of ‘chaos’ and political future

James Calkins is moving on with an eye on moving up. The 32-year-old real estate investor resigned as president of the Holley Navarre Water System board last Thursday. He capped off the day by being named to the county-wide Santa Rosa Zoning Board. Read the full article in the June 21 issue of Navarre Press. Click […]

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

Water board seeks substance amid squabbling

While grappling with issues that could affect how much Holley Navarre Water System ratepayers are charged in the future, the volunteer board that supposedly reached harmony in a January election shake-up has become a familiar war zone with new combatants. “It’s a mess,” said James Calkins, the president who succeeded Bien May this year. Read […]

Fairpoint’s finances raise questions

Fairpoint’s finances raise questions

The concerns that prompted Gulf Breeze-based officials of Fairpoint Regional Utility System to press for a controversial debt restructuring last year have largely drowned in black ink. Also gone—at least for now—are fears that an increase in the price of water that Fairpoint sells to the collective’s members, such as Holley Navarre Water System, could […]

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

Fairpoint debt deal appears dead

The controversial loan restructuring that would have raised the debt total of Fairpoint Regional Utility System by about 40 percent took a big hit last week when Holley Navarre Water System voted in a new board. Fairpoint needs the support of all three of the collective’s member utilities, and the likelihood of getting that from […]

Hope for the hopeless water board

Hope for the hopeless water board

Tuesday’s Holley Navarre Water System board election has reaffirmed something – there may be hope for a drowning system. No – they are not drowning financially, in fact, they are rich by any nonprofit’s standards. But they have been drowning themselves in the proverbial testosterone war that dogs usually lift their leg for. While entertaining […]

Water system members vote for change

Water system members vote for change

In one of the most contentious water board elections in recent history, 4,764 votes were cast to fill three seats on the board – one of the largest turnouts in the system’s election history. Overwhelmingly the members voted for change. Gaius Bruce, secretary for the board, announced the results of the Jan. 16 election as […]

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

Basis for Litigation at Holley Navarre Water System

The Sept. 19, 2017, Holley Navarre Water System board meeting was peculiar in several respects. For the first time in months, all members were present. The meeting was contentious, filled with outbursts and accusations, open hostility, and President Bien May clearly lost control of the meeting; indeed, at times he personally joined in the unseemly […]

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

‘A rigged election’ for Holley Navarre Water System

“Our attorney sent us a letter saying that we properly removed Brian’s (Kelly) membership,” Bien May announced at the Dec. 19 pre-meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board. The removal has been the source fueling questions surrounding the legality of removing a board member. Board member eligibility was called into question in September after […]

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

Sunshine Law cloudy for Fairpoint Regional

While a recent unannounced gathering of some Fairpoint Regional Utility Service directors may appear to have violated Florida’s Sunshine Law, some are questioning their obligation to meet in public. In fact, Holley Navarre Water’s president, Bien May—who is also a Fairpoint director–when asked by a reporter recently whether the Sunshine Law applies to the boards […]

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Kelly abruptly removed from Holley Navarre Water board

Under accusations that Holley Navarre Water System board members Brian Kelly and James Calkins “colluded with his (Calkins) brother-in-law to get Brian Kelly services” at the address listed for Kelly’s water service, a motion was made by Troy Bossier to rescind his membership certificate and remove him from the board. The motion passed with two […]

Winds of change buffet water board

Winds of change buffet water board

The fractious fraternity that makes up the seven-member board of Holley Navarre Water System is becoming more strident with almost every monthly meeting and the delicate balance of voting power may be in for a shake-up. That’s partly because the utility’s board elections scheduled for January could bring the return of Daryl Lynchard, the board […]

Water board on a collision course

Water board on a collision course

In an Oct. 3 meeting of the Holley Navarre Water System Board of Directors, President Bien May told one person in the audience it was a good sign if people weren’t showing up to their meetings. It means everyone is happy with the job they are doing.  He is either oblivious or arrogant or both. […]

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

HNWS board members’ eligibility called into question

After intense arguments at the September meeting, every member of Holley Navarre Water System’s board will now have to prove they are eligible to serve on the board. The board voted Sept. 19 to have a third party, selected by general manager Paul Gardner, review the eligibility of all board members following multiple allegations of […]

May’s dispute refuted

May’s dispute refuted

Navarre Press received a letter to the editor from Holley Navarre Water president Bien May. Below is the letter in its entirety, followed by responses from Navarre Press.   First I would like to say I am not a politician nor do I aspire to be one. I typically would not respond publically to news […]

Effluent deal could save HNWS millions

Effluent deal could save HNWS millions

The proposed lease by Holley Navarre Water System of rural land in the Bergren Road area to dispose of treated wastewater could save much of the estimated $18 million it had planned to spend building a pipe to Eglin Air Force Base for the same purpose. Such savings could help pay for—among other things—repairs to […]

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage

HNWS vows crack down on culprits for effluent overage The failure of Holley-Navarre Water System to stay within its state-approved standard for disposing of treated wastewater is partly the fault of some homeowners who are improperly channeling stormwater  into sewers, according to the utility board’s president, Bien May. In a letter responding to a Navarre […]

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

Holley Navarre Water: A house of cards

We have been part of many professional boards in our 17 years of existence, and we have never seen anything like this. The cover-ups, deceit and outright lies leave us wondering what will become of HNWS when it all comes to light. The Holley Navarre Water board of directors is made up of the president, […]

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

Lies, cover-ups, projection and deceptions

  Holley-Navarre Water Department board member, Robert Coley, didn’t tell the truth when he said he was not planning on resigning the Holley-Navarre Water System Board of Directors. At the May 16 meeting the board members and the 30 people in attendance expected board member Robert Coley to resign his position. In fact, board members […]

‘We can’t be transparent’: Water system tight lipped

‘We can’t be transparent’: Water system tight lipped

Holley Navarre Water System (HNWS) once again tightened the reins on the release of information Friday as the board of directors got confrontational on political statements in an unannounced special meeting. The arguments and board actions all revolved around a motion by James Calkins during the April 18 regular meeting to make a statement of […]

Proxy voting decides water board election

Proxy voting decides water board election

  Of the 14,091 votes that could have been cast to elect two new members to Holley-Navarre Water System’s board of directors, only 70 people actually cast a ballot. That is a less than 1 percent voter turnout. Incumbent Brian Kelly and newly appointed Rick DeSantis will serve a four year term on the board […]

The tangled web of secrets

The tangled web of secrets

Where there is light, there is nowhere to hide.  Only the shadows and darkness can hold the secrets.  Where there is a window, you can see through to the other side to observe what is happening there.  The same is true in business and government.  When you shine a light on the issues, the corrupt […]

Water company leader resigns

Water company leader resigns

Executive Director of Holley-Navarre Water Systems, Billy Sublett has resigned his position with the member-owned company saying in part in an email to Navarre Press, “My work here is completed.” The position of executive director was created after longtime general manager Ken Walker retired.  Walker’s duties were split between the executive director and general manager.  […]

General manager out at Hidden Creek

General manager out at Hidden Creek

Dave Taylor, the General Manager of The Club at Hidden Creek, was let go at the Holley-Navarre Water System (HNWS) board meeting Tuesday by a vote of 3 to 2. Board member Bien May made a motion for a leadership change at Hidden Creek by replacing the general manager. Read more in the May 22 issue […]