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Report by Lenny Stone, GM, Columbia/Adair Utilities District
The following report was presented by Columbia/Adair Utilities District General Manager Lenny Stone to the Adair Fiscal Court meeting, March 8, 2011. -CM
In February 2011 the water district was 40 years old.
The Adair County Water District, now doing Business as Columbia Adair Utilities District, was formed in or around 1971. It is governed by 5 board members who are appointed by the Adair County Fiscal Court. Each board member is appointed to a four year term.
Board members are paid $150 per month, or $1,800 per year. Board members are allowed to be paid up to $3,600 per year or $300 per month. But to receive this they must undergo public service commission training, six hours each year.
All of our Water District Board Members make the $150 per month; this is the same amount that they have been paid since I have been here the past 14 years. The board meetings are held at the office building located at 109 grant lane on the second Thursday afternoon of each month starting at 4pm. Meetings are open to the public.
Mergers; We have been in the process, for some time now, of merging Columbia Utilities with the Adair County Water District. The process has been held up for quite some time due to the May 2010 flood. The flood happened about a month before the merger would have been completed. Once the flood happened the merger process had to slow way down so that the sewer plant could be put back to as good as, if not better than, before the flood. Good news for me was where we had been taking over a sewer plant with some age on the equipment, now we get a plant with relative all new or rebuilt equipment.
Second and final part of merger: The second and final part of the merger is to bring the Columbia /Adair Water Commission into the new Columbia Adair Utilities District. We are going through that process now and hope to be done by the end of September 2011.
Salaries - Each person is paid according to our personnel policy and the employees classification:
The employee that has been with us the longest time has been here 28 years.
We are a nonprofit organization. We have never had to borrow any operation money. We are able to pay all of our bills. Without depreciation we have made a small profit each year. -Lenny Stone, General Manager, Columbia-Adair Utilities District
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