Ferrell appointed to NTPUD board | SierraSun.com

Ferrell appointed to NTPUD board

Emma Garrard/Sierra SuTim Ferrell

The North Tahoe Public Utility District’s board of directors unanimously appointed Tim Ferrell, a Kings Beach civil engineer, to fill the empty seat on the board left by former Director Jeff Lanini after he resigned last month.

Ferrell, who said he’s both thrilled and excited to sit on the district’s board of directors, was appointed Monday for his engineering expertise and seven years of working experience within the district’s offices.

Ferrell was employed by the district from 1992 to 1999 as district engineer. He left the district to open his own civil engineering offices in Kings Beach.

“This district paid me for seven years,” Ferrell said. “And now is my chance to pay them back.”

Director John Bergmann made the motion to appoint Ferrell to the board because he said the district has an obligation to wisely spend the district’s revenues, having just recently raised sewer and water rates. Ferrell’s engineering experience will ensure that those funds are used properly.

Taking into consideration Lanini’s technical expertise, Director Sue Daniels seconded Bergmann’s motion because she felt he was the best candidate to fill Lanini’s shoes.

Board President Lane Lewis agreed, stating that Ferrell’s past experience as a public utility employee and knowledge of infrastructure will be a great asset to the board.

“On the North Shore, there are very few people who have my expertise in sewer and water,” Ferrell said to the board at Monday’s meeting. “As you can see, because I’ve been working in [the field] for 15 years now.”

After being appointed to the board on Monday, Ferrell’s first monthly board meeting was Tuesday. He will serve on the board until his seat is up for election in November with two other seats.

The board faced a hard decision Monday, they said, when the directors had to choose one out of eight qualified applicants to sit beside them.

“The decision’s tough,” Lewis said at Monday’s meeting. “I just say, ‘Wow, look at the quality of this community and you people.'”

Lewis encouraged the remaining seven applicants ” Phil Thompson, Linda Lipnosky, Dave Polivy, Kevin McDermott, Adrian Tieslau, Suzy Shoberg and Theresa May Duggan ” to run for office in the November elections.

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