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Tualatin Valley Water District Commisioner Pos 2

Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: If the district has 100 or more voters, a candidate must be a registered voter in the district and a landowner in the district. ORS 264.410Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]

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    Dick Schmidt

Información Biográfica

How would you improve communication about water conservation and the work being done by the District within with the communities you serve?

What are your ideas for how best to provide an adequate and uninterrupted supply of safe and clean water to residents of the district at a reasonable cost?

What experience do you have in budgeting for an organization of this size? What other experiences or skills do you have that will contribute to your service as a board member?

¿Cómo mejoraría usted las comunicaciones sobre la preservación del agua y el trabajo que se realiza en el Distrito dentro de las comunidades a las que atiende?

¿Qué ideas tiene para proporcionar de la mejor manera un suministro suficiente e ininterrumpido de agua limpia y segura a la población residente del distrito, y a un costo razonable?

¿Qué experiencia tiene usted de elaborar presupuestos para una organización de este tamaño? ¿Qué otras experiencias o destrezas tiene usted que contribuyan a su trabajo como miembro de la junta?

Town Where You Live Aloha, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services: Industrial Stormwater Permit Manager; City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development: Environmental Tech; City of Portland Water Pollution Control Laboratory: Analyst; Water, Food and Research Laboratory: Laboratory Analyst; Umatilla Army Depot Activity: Laboratory Analyst; Century West Engineering: Chemist; Teledyne Wah Chang: Laboratory Analyst
County Washington
Term 2021-2025
Tualatin Valley Water District maintains an ongoing conservation education program. Clean water is a precious resource. Our future depends on maintaining a sustainable supply of high-quality water. We must use the highest scientific standards to provide superior drinking water, while facing the challenges of continued growth on the existing water supply.

Keeping the public informed about conservation efforts and resources is an important part of who we are. Conservation isn’t just something you do now and then. It’s a lifestyle, using water wisely both inside the home and outside, from the kitchen tap to the hose bib. I think our education efforts promote that, from reaching out to customers using today’s technology to helping young people understand the importance of conservation with school outreach programs.
We never stop working toward long-term water security and rate stability. The plan to obtain our own principal water source and treatment plant for Tualatin Valley Water District ratepayers is on track. It will ease our dependence on outside sources and provide a critically-needed additional source to serve future generations. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure our water security, affordability and control over costs – and our future. This effort has been a years-long process, and it is well on the way to completion.
The District’s budget committee is comprised of TVWD Board members, staff and volunteer members from the community with expertise in budget and finance. It is a broad and diverse group that brings a wide range of expertise and voice to the process and, ultimately, the financial stability that TVWD has maintained for many years.

I have spent a large part of my career in analytical laboratories specializing in water, wastewater and stormwater. Nearly 20 years of that at the City of Portland, where I worked as an analyst in the Water Pollution Control Lab, as a code specialist in the Office of Sustainable Development and as a stormwater permit manager in the Bureau of Environmental Services. My interest in continuing to serve on the Tualatin Valley Water District Board of Commissioners stems from a lifelong interest in water chemistry and quality, and a desire to use my knowledge and experience to benefit the community.
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