Oak Lodge Water Services Position 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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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
I will support and help expand the District’s ongoing efforts related to water conservation, including:
• The Regional Water Providers Consortium - this partnership of 24 Portland area water providers has a comprehensive conservation program including distribution of water saving devices, youth education programs, paid advertising, brochures, and online resources such as the “Weekly Watering Number.”
• The Clackamas River Water Providers - this partnership of eight water providers helps fund source water protection and public outreach efforts related to water supply in the Clackamas Basin.
• OLWSD Public Information - the District recently expanded its social media presence on Twitter to help increase public awareness of water conservation opportunities. The District also supports the Children’s Clean Water Festival and campaigns such as “Fix A Leak Week”.
• Water Auditing - this industry best practice helps reduce water loss, enhance efficiency, and improve billing accuracy.
No one likes to pay more for water services but many of the District’s critical assets are approaching the end of their economic lives and require investments to enhance seismic resiliency, firefighting capacity, and regulatory compliance. We need to anticipate the costs of these improvements and plan for how to pay for them. These challenges will require a comprehensive approach, including:
• Regional Partnerships to share in the cost of improvements that would otherwise be too expensive individually.
• Infrastructure Planning to identify the needs, priorities, and timing for replacement of aging infrastructure.
• Investing in Maintenance to avoid a “penny wise and pound foolish” approach to managing critical community assets.
• Two-way Public Communication to improve public awareness of the value of the District’s services and Board awareness of customer expectations for affordability.
• Financial Planning to foster a shared understanding of funding requirements and future rates.
My entire career has been spent working for public water agencies to provide essential water services. I have prepared operating and capital budgets for two of the largest water systems in Oregon (budgets in excess of $50 million per year) and have managed organizations with a professional staff of more than 130 people. I was also a coauthor of the Oregon Resilience Plan for water and wastewater systems. I have planned and directed a wide variety of capital projects up to and including the largest municipal water supply project in Oregon. I have served on boards and in leadership positions for various professional organizations and have received numerous awards honoring my professional contributions and collaborative leadership. Service on the Oak Lodge Water Services Board of Directors is a wonderful opportunity to help share my knowledge and insights gained from over 35 years of professional experience and to give back to our community.
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