Incumbents retain seats on Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District board
The makeup of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees will remain the same for the next four years. Incumbents Bob Richer and Dick Pick, who ran uncontested, will retain their seats on the five-member board.
As Richer sought reelection for his seat, one of two that represent the Snyderville Basin, he touted his past experiences as a former County Commissioner and Park City Council member. Richer defeated challenger Morgan H. Irvin by nearly 1,500 votes. It will be his second term on the board after being appointed about two years ago to replace Doug Rosecrans.
"I’m pleased and want to thank the community for their support," Richer said. "I’ve been around for a long time. We know this position is not as high profile as some others, but it is still very gratifying to be a part of the Basin Water Reclamation Board. It’s an award-winning sewer district and serves our area efficiently and to the highest standards."
The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District covers of 102 square miles and includes two reclamation facilities, 12 pump stations and more than 260 miles of pipelines.
"We have a terrific executive director in Mike Leurs and along with his staff they do a terrific job of planning for the future, especially as we are embarking on a major redo of our treatment facility," Richer said. "I am just pleased to play a small part in advising Mike and his staff, but they deserve the kudos."
The reclamation district is in the process of rebuilding the Silver Creek Water Reclamation Facility. It is a $44 million, three-year endeavor.
Richer and Pick will be rejoining fellow board members: Chair Jan Wilking, Mary Ann Pack and Park City Mayor Jack Thomas.
Board members meet monthly to oversee the district’s expenditures and finances, which operates on an annual budget of around $25 million. Members serve four-year terms, with four of the five seats determined through elections. The fifth seat, currently occupied by Thomas, is appointed by the Park City Council.
For Pick, it will be his second full term as a board member representing Park City. He was appointed in 2011 and reelected in 2012.
Pick said he ran for reelection to "continue making a significant contribution." He ran unopposed.
"This is a significant expansion we have coming up and with my engineering experience and background in project management, I think it’s an area that I can make a contribution to for the public," Pick said. "Being a board member is one of the things I certainly enjoy doing. We have some significant expansions coming up in the next three years to the system and I’m just looking forward to making sure that we are careful in what we do and how we spend our funds."
Meredith Reed was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Summit County Democratic Party and said she sees an opportunity to ride the so-called blue wave that saw a Democratic surge nationally and within the state.