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Soos Creek Water and Sewer District Commissioner Position No. 2

6-year term; No Salary A Water and Sewer District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the potable water, wastewater, and sewer 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 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 commission also sets salaries for sewer district employees.
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    Alan Eades (NP) Semi-Retired

  • Merle Reeder (NP)

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What are three major issues facing your sewer district?

Of the three, which one is the most urgent and why?

What unique qualities do you bring to this job?

Phone (206) 617-6632
Town where you live Maple Valley
Experience (300 characters max) I have 26 years of experience in the water and sewer service industry.
I have always looked forward to serving as a commissioner when I retire. Now that I am semi-retired I have the time to devote to this important position. I have worked in the utility industry for 26 years and want to use this experience to benefit the citizens of the Soos Creek Water and Sewer District.
Aging Infrastructure: The challenge is to replace aging infrastructure while maintaining or even reducing the water and sewer rates to Soos Creek customers. Water and Sewer Rates: Rates are too high. By controlling spending, rates can be stabilized or even reduced. Utility Taxes: Adjacent cities continue to try to impose a utility tax on Soos Creek ratepayers. This tax does not add benefit to the ratepayers.
The most urgent issue is aging infrastructure. The District needs to take steps to ensure the rate payers get the maximum life out of utility assets before they are replaced, while ensuring safe, secure, and reliable water and sewer service.
As Operations Manager for Soos Creek Water and Sewer District for 14 years, I have inside knowledge into operations. I am known for finding efficient solutions to complex problems. I have the experience and expertise necessary to assist Board members in making informed decisions to ensure public funds are spent wisely and efficiently. I have proposals to bring to the Board that will help reduce spending while maintaining system integrity. My background and education in the utility industry will allow me to make valuable contributions to the Board and ensure that aging infrastructure is replaced appropriately, that rates are kept as low as possible, and that utility taxes are not imposed on our customers. I am looking forward to dedicating my time and experience to the issues facing the District. I would appreciate your vote!
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