Sat, March 28

Sewer board fills positions

Two re-elected candidates and one relatively new member have been elected to terms on the Camp Verde Sanitary District board.

Suzy Burnside and Stanley Bullard returned to the board, and more recent member Harry King was elected to the vacant position left by former member Wes Mauldin.

Mauldin resigned last year, citing reasons unrelated to sewage management. According to Burnside, he moved out of the district to Cottonwood.

The group sent Mauldin a letter of appreciation for his work and expressed a need to fill his vacant position. King temporarily filled the position, for about four months until the fall election.

King is a former president of the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Mingus Mountain Shriners Club, and served on the executive board of American Legion Post #98 in town.

"A major project is to prepare the White Bridge with sleeves to fit the bigger lines," said King of one of the many sewer projects underway. "There's also a pump station, paid for by [the Arizona Department of Transportation] that we have to pay back."

King added that Ames Construction, the same contractor working on Main Street enhancement, is doing the work along the White Bridge.

The newest member said that a sewer line expansion project in Camp Verde is awaiting a land exchange that would benefit the district. "We're in the process of purchasing Forest Service land," King said of the expansion project, which would run from I-17 to the sewage plant. The expansion is set to include Fort River Caves and Rydell Acres subdivisions.

The term of each elected board member expires in October of 2006. Burnside was also appointed to the town Planning and Zoning Commission in early September.

Burnside stated in her application for the planning position that her family came to Arizona in the 1930s and 40s, and that she has lived in Camp Verde with her nuclear family since 1993. Her husband Bob is the Camp Verde branch manager for Yavapai Plumbing and Electrical, which is a small business headquartered in Prescott.

Among her qualifications for the post, Burnside listed work on the Focused Future Committee; four years on the Parks and Recreation Commission; and membership on the town's Board of Appeals. She was also a member of the "Jus Cuz" political group and was one of nine members originally appointed to the General Plan Committee.

Bullard is an employee of the local water company, owned by his father Jim. The younger Bullard serves as secretary and treasurer of the sewer board.

According to a Yavapai County election summary from early this month, Bullard received 243 votes, for Burnside 270 were tallied, and King took 250 votes. A total of 766 votes were cast in the sewer board election, and three write-ins were recorded.

The district's most recent newsletter indicates that one board seat is still available. Potential candidates who live in the district may contact the sanitary district office at 567-6794. The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Board meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month.

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