Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Board has open seat
Residents living in unincorporated areas of the Snyderville Basin will soon be deciding whether to keep an incumbent on the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District Board or elect a new member.
The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District services approximately 102 square miles in western Summit County, encompassing Park City and the unincorporated areas of the Snyderville Basin. The District has two reclamation facilities, 12 pump stations and more than 260 miles of pipelines for collecting and treating wastewater.
One board of trustee seat, representing the Snyderville Basin, is on the ballot. The seat is currently held by Bob Richer, who was appointed to replace former board member Doug Rosecrans about two years ago. Another seat, held by Dick Pick, is also up for election. However, Pick is running unopposed.
The Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District has a five-member board, with each elected for a four-year term. Two members represent the Snyderville Basin, two represent Park City, and the fifth is appointed by the Park City Council. The current board members are: Chair Jan Wilking, Mary Ann Pack, Mayor Jack Thomas, Pick and Richer.
Board members meet once a month to discuss the district’s expenditures and current projects, which includes a $44 million rebuild of the existing Silver Creek Facility. The board will oversee an operating budget of about $27 million for FY 2016.
Bob Richer, who has previously served on the Park City Council member and the Summit County Commission, said it is his experience in those arenas that make him an appropriate candidate to remain in the position.
"I just think it kind of fits my skill set in dealing with county budgets and government and how it all plays together," Richer said. "As a board we look at line extensions, new projects once they get approval, and our capacity, all of which taps into my background and knowledge."
Richer said he is also seeking reelection to continue his role in the construction of the Silver Creek Facility.
"We are embarking on one of our largest project in the history of the district and it’s a multimillion project," Richer said. "I have found that my experience and knowledge have come in handy so far and has hopefully helped."
Ever since Morgan Irvin moved to Park City a couple years ago, she has been searching for an opportunity to become more involved with the community. Part of what sparked Irvin’s interest in the open board position is the value that is placed on water in a desert state like Utah.
"I know how scarce water can be here and I just want to help make informed decisions and help ensure the longevity of our great town," Irvin said. "Part of my job surrounds making strategic decisions and I feel like I can make an impact on the board. I’m really excited to live in Park City. I’ve lived all across the U.S. and a couple places around the world, so I’m hoping I can bring a fresh perspective to the board."
Early voting will take place Oct. 20-23 and Oct. 26-30 between noon and 5 p.m. at the Sheldon Richins Building or the Marsac Building in Park City. For Snyderville Basin residents, election day voting will be available at three locations: Ecker Hill Middle School, St. Luke’s Church and the Trailside Admin Building.
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.