Welcome to my website! I’m excited to share with you the progress see happening at NID. I’m proud to be a part of board of directors that is coming together to begin to focus on many of the concerns I have spoken about in these past two years since I was elected.
One of my concerns was the practice of conducting business through standing committee meetings at which only two board members could attend as active participants due to provisions of the Brown Act which controls much of what elected officials in California can do. Because of this set-up not all board members were allowed input until it was time to make the final decisions, creating frustration for staff and the members that were involved in the particular committee. Now we are holding the committee workshops in the mornings of our regular board meetings on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, which gives all of us the opportunity to hear the information at the same time and get our questions answered before making decisions.
As some of you may know, our prior general manager left the district last June. Since then, the board has been defining our needs, interviewing management and staff to understand traits they are looking for in a general manager, and this spring we began the earnest effort of interviewing candidates for this important position. A host of good candidates applied and, the board has selected Jennifer Hansen. See details about her under the announcement tab. I’m thrilled she is joining NID and look forward to working with her.
Since this position is filled, our next top priority of the new general manager will be to backfill the positions of engineering and maintenance manager, as these positions were also vacated in the last year. Having these positions refilled will open up further opportunities for positive change.
A primary goal of mine is to prioritize planning in an effort to better understand the risks the district is facing in all departments. A thorough evaluation of current conditions of infrastructure and business practices will inform where we should be spending the bulk of our rate and taxpayer funding. To this end, the district has been working on two critical upgrades over the last 3 years. One is a financial process called enterprise resource planning (ERP) and the other is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). Details about this digital management system programs are on the Projects page.
Another goal includes the construction of a fish passage in Auburn Ravine at our Hemphill dam diversion site. The public review and comment period for the Draft EIR ended May 17, 2021. NID staff is addressing comments and will bring the proposed final document to the Board for adoption this summer. Details about this proposal are under the Projects tab.
In addition, I am working on setting up a more environmentally safe vegetation management program, and implement canal modernization and raw water efficiency improvements. Check the Issues page for more details.
I am also planning to send out a quarterly newsletter, so if you would like to receive it, please let us know by filling out the contact form.