Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Looking for a Few Good Men/Women

What are your thoughts about water and sewer? Do you care about the quality and cost for your water? Do you want to serve on the Board of Municipal Utilities?

Avon Lake Regional Water is your water and wastewater service provider. We’ve provided service for more than 85 years and intend to do so indefinitely. To assure that we are making decisions in your best interests, we are governed by a five member Board of Municipal Utilities. The Board is elected by you to four year terms. Recently, one of our Board members announced he is resigning. The Board is seeking candidates to fill the remainder of his term, which ends December 31, 2015.

 At its January 20, 2015 meeting, the Board will discuss how it wants to fill the vacated position. Because the term expires at the end of this year and the position will be filled in January 2016 by someone elected to it on November 3, 2015, the Board may give preference to those who submit a Nominating petition and Statement of Candidacy to the Lorain County Board of Elections by February 4, 2015.

Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want to assure that water and wastewater rates are appropriate? Do want to assure that the quality of your drinking water is excellent or the quality of the water returned to Lake Erie remains high? Do you want to assure that the level of service related to the City’s water and wastewater systems is memorable and the systems are maintained appropriately? Then maybe you should apply to serve on the Board of Municipal Utilities.

The Board of Municipal Utilities meets twice per month to assure that staff’s decisions best balance quality, quantity, cost, and service. The Board approves expenditures and contracts, sets rates, establishes policy, and provides input. The Board helps to set strategic direction for the organization.

Board members’ life experiences help them oversee operations of the utility. Current Board members include an engineer, a lawyer, a business owner/former City council member, and another business owner. The Board is looking for people with skills to complement those already on the Board. Obvious complements could be public relations, contracting/ construction, industry, human resources, entrepreneurship, environmental science, development… This list is in no way exhaustive. The most important aspect is to have a genuine care for helping the organization become even better for Avon Lake.

The Board is asking for candidates to send a statement of interest (cover letter) and resume to Todd Danielson, Chief Utilities Executive, at tdanielson@avonlakewater.org. The Board will make an initial screening of potential applicants most likely after the February 4, 2015 candidacy filing deadline. Commitments for Board members include preparation for and attendance at two Board meetings per month, as well as at some other meetings throughout the year. The Board holds a summer recess from mid-July through mid-August.

To learn more, check out our website and review our annual report. Peruse our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and PegCentral (look in the ALMU Board Recap and ALMU Board Meetings folders). Feel free to call Todd Danielson at 440-933-6226 with specific questions.