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Woodinville Water will have a New District GM Soon

  • Written by David B. Clark
The Woodinville Water District held a special meeting on Tuesday, May 1, to discuss the recruitment of a new District General Manager following Ken Howe’s retirement earlier this year. This discussion was largely to evaluate the qualifications of applicants.
 
Following the discussion commissioner Dale Knapinski made a motion to convene an Executive Session, one in private for the commissioners, to better deliberate between the interested parties seeking the District General Manager Position.
 
Executive Assistant of the Woodinville Water Department Joe Horvath stated that, “The District expects the Board of Commissioners to announce the new General Manager at the May 15th meeting.” The meeting will take place at the Woodinville Water Department (17238 NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA  98072) at 5:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged and welcome to attend.
 
Woodinville Water followed up from their previous meeting that took place on April 17 regarding their customer contact information.
 
Woodinville Water stated, “Currently we have the email addresses for roughly 38% of all customers and have at least one phone number for 86% of all accounts. Many accounts have more than one phone number listed.” Woodinville Water is looking to broaden their ability to communicate with their ratepayers by urging them to submit a valid email address.
 
The General Manager’s Report explained how The District is stepping away from their existing ArcGIS (Geographic Information System) Desktop mapping application to a new ArcGIS Server application. The system itself is used to work with maps and geographic information, side-by-side and together. The mobile application is a sensible push to a more unattached or unplugged way of operating. Woodinville Water stated that, “This change will provide many improvements, including GIS mapping on mobile devices, accessing GIS from within Munis and will allow access to GIS maps during an event that disrupts access to the District office.” GIS essentially allows the city to collaborate and coordinate across departments, minimizing overlap or confusion when working on large-scale developments and projects.
To follow was the Engineer’s Report. Among many other developments was the NE 195th St AC Water Main Replacement which improves flow and water reliability for both Leota Junior High School and Wellington High School by way of replacing AC pipe with Ductile iron. The staff originally met with engineers from The Blueline Group in January 2018 to establish the scope of work for the project. Following, the staff established recommendations and approval in early April with a gathering of design ideas between both staff and Blueline on April 17.
 
 
 

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