Caldwell responds to Water Users vote by saying Semanko has conflict

Caldwell responded to the Idaho Water User’s resolution committee vote criticizing its eminent domain lawsuit Tuesday by repeating its charge that its executive director Norm Semanko ha a conflict of interest.

It said in the press release the committee vote “protects IWUA Executive Director Norm Semanko’s self-interest as a result of his position as a lawyer with the law firm representing the Pioneer Irrigation District in its lawsuit against the City of Caldwell,.”

Caldwell says that the Moffatt Thomas website says Semanko joined Moffatt Thomas as an Attorney of Counsel in 2010 and also joined ‘“the firm’s water and natural resources practice group: Scott Campbell, Andy Waldera and Dylan Lawrence.’’’

Campbell has represented Pioneer since 1985. But Semanko said since he is only “of counsel,” he is not a partner in the firm or involved in the Pioneer representation.

He said their charges come from a lack of understanding of what “of counsel,” means. He has his own clients, he said.

“I don’t work on the Pioneer matters,” Semanko said.

But Mark Hilty, who is an attorney for Caldwell, said the city is part of a class action lawsuit that says Moffatt Thomas is engaged in a scheme to increase its fees for Pioneer licenses.

“It is clear to the City that Mr. Semanko is using his role with the IWUA not to benefit the state’s water users, but to benefit his law firm’s bottom line,” Hilty said.

Semanko with a conflict of interest?

Say it isn't so!

Gads, here we go again with

Gads, here we go again with Semanko antics. Somebody give that guy a ticket out of Idaho. I'd be glad to pack his stuff for the exit.

Not Normal Norman, Neutrality Nabob.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

It all smells

This entire matter is ridiculous...Caldwell get your drainage out of the the irrigation system and Indian Creek...Pioneer work with the city to set a realistic timetable to get things done. Again the attorneys are not going to look for solutions...only the defense of their particular position...keep the billable hours flowing.