Water and Sewerage Authority
The authority meets as a general rule once a month on the second Tuesday at 6 PM. Meetings are held in the Conference Room of the HEMC Annex Building as it is next door to the Water Department. Meetings last on the average about one hour; however, can go longer depending upon the topic under discussion.
A person who is interested in joining the Authority should have an interest in both water and sewerage in a broad sense. However, some experience, either technical or otherwise, is greatly appreciated. Current membersâ€™ experience levels range from being an ex-city manager, a business owner, a previous county commissioner, a researcher and a technical as well as a corporate executive. Each has some degree of expertise in one or both areas.
Anyone wishing to be a member should be prepared to work on various tasks assigned to them. Tasks such as water conservation, planning of new water sources, a countywide water transmission system, wastewater treatment needs within the county, etc. are some of the current topics under consideration.
Work outside of the meeting is highly dependent upon the particular task assigned. In general, two people are assigned to the same task. The chief purposes are to assure continuity due to potential rotation of members and for no one member to carry the full burden of the task. Outside work may require one to ten hours per month.
As Microsoft Office is the defacto standard of most governmental agencies, it is useful for a potential member to have access to a current generation of Microsoft Office. This implies having a computer with Internet service as well. Many reports are circulated via email prior to an official meeting at which a given task´s report will be covered. Most of these reports are informational in nature such as the Stewardship Act passed by the State of Georgia in 2010.
The ability to work with technical people such as outside engineering firms and county officials is a requirement. Public speaking skills are appreciated.