Hanson: Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation to elect three board members

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by Lloyd Hanson, General Manager

The Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation will elect three Board of Director positions at their Annual Membership Meeting scheduled for April 23, 2018 at the offices of the Corporation – 2032 E Hickory Hill Rd, Argyle, TX 76226. Five candidates have submitted applications to run for the three open positions on the Board.

Detailed information on the meeting, voting procedures, candidate information, and ballots has been sent to all eligible Members of Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation with ballots due back no later than April 19, 2018.  Contrary to what has been alleged by others, Cross Timbers Water Supply has, for the past 53 years, conducted open and above-board elections.

Cross Timbers Water’s current Board consists of Members volunteering their time to provide oversight, strategic direction, and long-range planning.  The current Board consists of a Texas Registered Professional Engineer specializing in water systems; an Insurance Claims executive specializing in litigation; an Accountant/Auditor with 30 years on the Boards of water companies throughout Texas; a Chemist with extensive experience in implementing water systems internationally; an Information Technology executive with a background in hardware and software; and a Manufacturing executive specializing in manufacturing efficiency, product development and new business integration.  The open Board position has been filed with a Circuit Rider with the New York Rural Water Association, a small business executive, and a Geologist and we look forward to adding to that expertise with a new Board member.

All Board Members provide experienced resources for the Staff.  Current Staff have extensive experience in construction and maintenance of water systems, accounting and finance, capital planning, customer service, billing and collections, and regulatory compliance.  Field staff hold water licenses from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality with the Water Superintendent holding the highest licenses (“A”) in both water and wastewater operations.

The five candidates submitting applications for Board Member are: Patrick McDonald (incumbent), Robert Stegmaier (incumbent), Karla Hohenberger, Andre Nicholas, and Sherry Price.  The Candidates provided the following information for your consideration in voting.

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Patrick McDonald (Incumbent) – Water System Member Since: 1996

Previous Board of Director Experience:  CTWSC Board Member since 2006; Board of Directors, EBI Services Company.  I have served on the Board of CTWSC as Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and President.

Business/Government Experience:  Twenty two years as Senior Vice President, Claims, Kemper Insurance Company; Vice President Claims, TIG Insurance Company; Vice President Claims, Orion Group and EBI Companies

Education:  Bachelors, Business Administration, Idaho State University

Why I Should Be on the Board:

I have served on the CTWSC Board for eleven years serving as Vice President for one term, Secretary-Treasurer for two terms, and President for 6 terms.  I have participated in guiding CTWSC through continuing water system updates, expansion and improvements while maintaining a solid financial standing.  CTWSC has one of the most up-to-date and complete water systems in North Texas and has the capital to continue to guarantee fresh, clean water for our members for decades to come while recognizing continued population expansion.  I believe that our continuing management of CTWSC as a low debt corporation will best serve our members through all phases of the general and local economy while keeping costs as low as possible

CTWSC Board Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  33

CTWSC Annual Meetings attended in the past 3 years:   3

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation today?

Completion of our 2nd elevated water tank.  Without the second elevated tank we cannot protect our members adequately against fire danger and cannot expand fire protection to newly develop areas.  We have an adequate supply of water and just lack the additional tool to maintain pressure and distribution.

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the water industry today?

Insuring a clean and adequate supply of water.  Continuing expansion of people and industry combined with our desire for landscaping is putting a tremendous load on current water supplies.  Aquifers are depleting with some shallower ones no longer viable as dependable water supplies.  Water companies seeing high growth without careful pre-planning are liable to fail in their ability to serve their clients.

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Robert Stegmaier (Incumbent) – Water System Member Since: 1980

Previous Board of Director Experience:  CTWSC Board Member since 2012; currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board

Business/Government Experience:  40 years with IBM handling world-wide pre-sales technical issues; Chair of Copper Canyon Planning & Zoning

Education:  Bachelor of Science, Economics, George Washington University

Why I Should Be on the Board:

Being a member of CTWSC since 1980, I have long watched the progress of Cross Timbers Water.  Appreciating the great service, I volunteered to be a member of the Board when there was a position open.  I believe I can help CTWSC by continuing to apply my business experience, analytical skills, former public service experience to the decision making of the CTWSC Board to ensure we have a safe, reliable and cost effective water service.

CTWSC Board Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  32

CTWSC Annual Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  3

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation today?

Improving our water system to adapt to the rapidly growing customer/member base so that we can provide reliable, safe water and good dependable service all while encouraging conservation.  First priority is to complete the elevated water storage tank so that we can provide additional fire support at peak times.

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the water industry today?

I feel the most pressing is the ability to provide a water supply to the dramatically growing metro areas while encouraging conservation, yet still meet customer expectations.  Lots to balance.

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Karla Hohenberger – Water System Member Since: 2011

Previous Board of Director Experience: None.

Business/Government Experience:  Over 22 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry, recently joined Altice USA as Strategic Account Manager. Prior to joining Altice USA, I was with Charter Communications/Time Warner Cable managing the North Texas Community Solution Sales Team responsible for working with multi-dwelling developers in securing marketing, access and/or bulk agreements to provide voice, video and data services to their communities and maintain company’s legal rights through contracts.

Education:  Time Warner Cable – Community Solutions Executive Training Program; University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler School of Business; Time Warner Cable – Texas Region Mentorship Program

Why I Should Be on the Board:

I have been a resident in Copper Canyon for 7 years and would like an opportunity to serve the community in providing my time and business expertise serving on the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation Board.  My experience includes analyzing and reviewing construction projects to ensure they fell within company and financial guidelines, responsible for managing 20M department annual capital budget.  I’m skilled in organization leadership, directing and motivating employees to execute strategic direction and successfully meet defined business objectives.

CTWSC Board Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  0

CTWSC Annual Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  0

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation today?

The current restrictions of not allowing additional fire hydrants in the district for new development.  A resolution needs to be found that will allow for today and for future growth

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the water industry today?

Water quality and future demand requirements due to fast past growth.

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Andre Nicholas – Water System Member Since: 1999

Previous Board of Director Experience:  I am currently serving on the Copper Canyon’s Planning and Zoning Commission as a Chairman.  I have also served on several other local and national boards

Business/Government Experience:  I am the Vice President of a nationally known General Construction company.  Work experience includes civil work such as; earth work, site utilities (wet and dry) and paving of all types for government agencies, municipalities, institutions and the private sector.

Education:  Business Development and Leadership Seminars and Courses

Why I Should Be on the Board:

I have lived in the area for almost 20 years.  I have a passion for this community and understand there needs to be improvements and a plan for future growth and development of Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp.  My experience in serving on other boards coupled with my professional experience in development and construction would be of great value in this position.  In addition, I am known to be a team-player as well as a strong team leader

CTWSC Board Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  1

CTWSC Annual Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  2

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation today?

Improvement of the existing system, expansion of the existing system, making sure we have adequate water pressure to be able to fight fires and add well-needed fire hydrants.

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the water industry today?

Planning for near and far future of water supply to meet the exceptional growth in population and water demand.  Also how to balance the growth, increasing cost with demand.  Quality and maintenance are some issues some water districts are or will be facing.

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Sherry Price – Water System Member Since: 1988

Previous Board of Director Experience:  None.

Business/Government Experience:  40 years accounting; 7 years insurance

Education:  BA Chemistry, University of North Texas; Minor in Business (21 hours) with focus on accounting

Why I Should Be on the Board:

As a thirty-year Member of the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp, I want to give back to a company that has provided so much to our community.  I have done financial accounting 40 plus years and believe that with my analytical/business experience I will be an asset to this Board.  I appreciate being given the opportunity to serve on the board of Cross Timbers Water Supply Corp.

CTWSC Board Meeting attended in the past 3 years:  1

CTWSC Annual Meetings attended in the past 3 years:  0

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation today?

I feel the most pressing issue today facing the Cross Timbers Water Supply is ensuring surplus water to meet the needs of member’s everyday use and to meet the fire department water requirements to ensure protection of member’s homes and property.

In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue facing the water industry today?

I feel the most pressing issue facing the water industry is protecting our water supply.  That our water meets standards for safe drinking and that industry standards are updated with the most recent research.  That we utilize what water we have efficiently and advance technology to recycle water.

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