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    Gwen Howard
    (D)

Biographical Information

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Current Public Office, dates held MUD Board of Directors, Current Board Chairperson
Past Public Office, dates held Nebraska State Senator, 2005-2013
Education Omaha Benson High School; Midland Uniiversity, BA; University of Nebraska, MSW, Social Work.
Volunteer experience Friends of the Library; Member, Dundee Neighborhood Association
We continually address our critical infrastructure integrity, while minimizing the financial impact on ratepayers.
We have an efficient dedicated workforce intent on delivering clean water and reliable gas services. The more we get ahead of the aging infrastructure, we can reduce breaks that call for emergency repairs and overtime at all hours. MUD does an excellent job maintaining facilities. Fortunately, our pumping stations are mostly elevated and built at a distance that has helped us avoid more severe flood damage.
Continuing to provide open meetings with transparency and an opportunity for public participation. Also, continue to facilitate open communication between the Board, MUD management and our utility employees. Pushing forward on the necessary infrastructure priorities. In of times of stress, such as the Coronavirus pandemic, ensuring essential utility services are not shut off.
MUD is switching more of our fleet vehicles to a CNG (compressed natural gas) fuel source, and we are partnering with Metro Area Transit to bring more buses online to this alternative fuel. MUD continues to be forward thinking when it comes to preservation of the environment and use of renewable energy.