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Guest View: Employees are utility district’s most valuable asset

John Adamski

I am John Adamski. I’m a candidate for South Tahoe Public Utility District board of directors Seat No. 1.

I moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1976 and worked as a car mechanic until 1981, when I was hired at STPUD as shipping/receiving clerk. Two years later, I went into wastewater plant operations, where I obtained certification for both wastewater and water plant operations (grade 3 and grade 2 respectively). I was employed in wastewater operations for 10 years.

In 1993 I left the district and have been a licensed contractor/developer building custom homes. The combination of my work history has left me with a wide variety of experience.

Many of the district’s employees are still close friends of mine, and I truly value our long-time relationships. I worked side-by-side with these district employees, and I know their superb attributes and work standards. It is for these reasons I find some of the recent comments by other candidates that have appeared in the Tribune both unwarranted and purposely sensationalized, and inaccurate.

One only needs to go to the district’s Web site and look up employee salaries to dispel one of the inaccuracies.

Personally, I view these employees as the district’s most valuable assets.

They are the backbone of the utility company who have provided the excellent service customers have come to enjoy for many years. They are the reason this district has performed remarkably in comparison to other agencies around the lake.

Many of these employees have worked there for 20 to 30 years or more, and their experience and expertise is unmatched. Their valued input and contribution to management’s decision process is the key to a successful business model. It will be my mission as director to assure this is enhanced and continues.

My No. 1 allegiance is to the district’s customers. My goal as a director will be to employ all my previous work experience to make informed decisions with sensible creativity, caution, and cost effectiveness. This utility district faces many challenging future improvements, regulations and financial issues. Sewer and water rates to customers need to be held to a minimum with careful planning, alternative grant funding and wise decisions.

Along with typical improvement projects, I would like to explore new and creative ideas for future benefit. One of these ideas is to re-visit the feasibility of a turbine electrical generation facility on the down-hill side of Luther Pass. It might be feasible to recover a large portion of our tremendously expensive electrical power usage used to pump treated wastewater over this mountain.

I am enthusiastically hoping to be part of the team that accomplishes these goals and keeps rates reasonable for customers.

I ask for your vote on Nov 3.

John Adamski

Candidate for STPUD Seat No. 1

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