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Clark CLARK REGIONAL WASTEWATER DISTRICT COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 3

6-year term; No Salary A Wastewater District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the sewer and other wastewater facilities within their jurisdiction and of the proper disposal of sewage generated by the jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional staff. The commission sets the rates for service within the district. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Wastewater district levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Phone (360) 975-9090
Email ctmcdonald2@comcast.net
Town where you live Vancouver
Experience (300 characters max) As a local resident since 1985 I have witnessed the change in Clark County. I have been involved in many local organizations that have helped shape Clark County including stormwater, rural centers and financial institutions. I will bring a clear understanding and strong decision making to the Board.
The District has been in existence for almost 60 years. Starting as a local provider in the Hazel Dell area it has remained centered in that area. However, the service area has expanded, the need has expanded and the representation needs to expand. The current three commissioners all live in the Hazel Dell – Felida area. With a service area that stretches 7 miles east, 5 miles north, includes 2 rural centers and a ‘satellite’ city, representation, expertise and understanding needs to expand from the current limited representation area. Current representation is tied closely to historic downtown Vancouver. The District's service area and citizens are not Vancouver 'residents' and have their own needs, concerns and desires. I will represent these citizens.
1 Costs and fees are always an issue. As an enterprise funded organization a clear focus on the balance of costs vs services must be maintained. 2 The District is bearing substantial administrative overhead costs that are wrapped into rates for all of their users. These rates include Clark County overhead and Ridgefield overhead. Clark County needs to get out of the sewer business. It has not been a true participant for several years having no dedicated staff (only operations personnel) but charging County overhead for ‘other services’ that never materialize. This County involvement has been predicated on a lack of leadership by the District Board of Commissioners. 3 Working proactively with County planning on providing sewer service while balancing practicality of service vs sprawl. While not advocating sprawl, it is is impractical to install septic systems that are bound to fail due to the soil conditions in the area. The County needs to address this and the District can help
Item 2 – Clark County needs to be taken out of the sanitary sewer process. They serve as a hindrance rather than a help; but their concern has always been the lack of leadership at the Clark Regional Wastewater District. That is why I am running for Commissioner.
As a professional engineer, I have a balanced background of planning and practical development. This includes experience with highway, sewer, stormwater and water needs within a community. As an area resident for over 30 years I have witnessed the changes first hand and am intimately aware of the needs, problems and solutions that are available. I have had other volunteer experience including serving as the Chairman of the Board of Clark County’s largest credit union for 6 years as it grew by 30%+. I understand the needs and issues impacting the District at this time as well as understanding the broad picture of public and private financing and local needs. .

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