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Snohomish County Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District Commissioner Position 1

6-year term; No Salary. A Water & Sewer District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable drinking and other water facilities within its jurisdiction, as well as for the maintenance and operation of the sewer facilities within its 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 water and sewer 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 sewer district employees.

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    Jeff Clarke

  • Troylyn Goldsberry

Biographical Information

Why did you decide to run for this position?

What are three major issues facing your water and sewer district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent?

How would you address the most urgent issue?

What part should your district play in your area’s environmental health?

What unique managerial qualities do you bring to this job?

Phone (206) 636-1199
Town where you live Mukilteo, WA
Experience (300 characters max) 25 years working for Snohomish County government; 12 years of that was as Director of Solid Waste. 7 years as General Manager of the Alderwood Water & Wastewater District. Service on various boards, including significant time as Chair. 4 years as head of the Peace Corps Moldova program.
Water and sewer service are vital to our community, and that service needs to be reliable and affordable. My understanding of water and sewer issues and experience with finances will make me a strong contributor to the District. The Puget Sound area I grew up in has been very good to me and my family, and I see it as a real treasure in an increasingly challenged world. Utility management is a critical part of keeping the area livable, and I want to give back by helping to direct the future of the District.
1. High nutrient levels in Puget Sound. 2. Preparing for a major earthquake--hardening our facilities to survive the event, training staff to be ready to respond, and cooperating with neighbors to help one another in the event. 3. Regular maintenance to provide reliable service and extend facility life.
New nutrient rules are coming for wastewater plants. We need to be involved to have a voice in any changes. Technical solutions are likely to be very expensive and we may be asked to spend a lot for minimal positive impact.
I am working with multiple agencies on dealing with nutrient regulations. If elected I would work with the District's General Manager to understand how rules affect our treatment plant, and help develop a course forward. Wastewater plants do contribute to the problem, but the sources (including surface water runoff) are many, and we need to work regionally to find answers that produce the most positive impact for our ratepayers' investment.
Assure our sewage plant does not pollute Puget Sound, by staying on top of maintenance issues and watching out for new technology to utilize. Participate in regional water conservation efforts, and work cooperatively to develop solutions to Puget Sound issues. Promote water conservation with our customers through rate design and public outreach.
I have decades of experience managing utilities, and serving on boards, giving me the knowledge to make solid decisions while understanding the role of a Commissioner. I am a strong problem-solver, but also a consensus builder who listens and involves others in developing solutions. In addition, I have spent considerable time working abroad with the Peace Corps and bring an understanding and appreciation for different cultures and conditions, which gives me a broader perspective on resource issues.
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