Board of Directors Agenda

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Join us for our next Board Meeting, June 6, 5:00 p.m.
11900 East Terry Street, Bonita Springs
All BSU members are welcome to attend.

 

 

BSU to conduct yearly water treatment change during May

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. will conduct its yearly change to the water-treatment process during May as a preventative-maintenance measure. Member-customers may notice a temporary and harmless difference in the smell or taste of their tap water.

“This yearly change to water treatment helps prevent bacteria from developing resistance to our usual disinfectant treatment process,” said Andy Koebel, director of operations at BSU. “Although there is a temporary change in the taste and smell of the water, it remains safe to drink and use for general household purposes.”

Water used for kidney dialysis and aquariums should go through additional filtering during this water-treatment change. BSU recommends those using at-home kidney dialysis machines contact their equipment suppliers, so proper filtering equipment can be installed. Tropical fish and aquatic animal owners should check with tropical fish stores to learn how to pretreat tap water before adding to tanks.

By temporarily switching to a free chlorine residual, BSU removes the small amount of ammonia that is used during the usual water disinfection process to prevent bacterial resistance. The change ensures that BSU’s water continues to remain clean, safe and drinkable.

To ensure the treated water reaches the entire system as quickly as possible, fire hydrants will be flushed more often than normal throughout the month. Member-customers who have questions about the process can call BSU weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 239-992-0711.

BSU produced more than 3.4 billion gallons of potable water during 2016, using two water-production processes. The utility blends water produced through the traditional lime-softening process with water from its reverse-osmosis facility for optimum taste and quality.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility founded by local citizens in 1971. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and Florida Water Environment Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.

BSU board elects officers

The Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. board of directors re-elected James Strecansky president and Robert Bachman vice president for a fourth term each. Mike Malloy was elected treasurer and Robert Sharkey was elected secretary.

Strecansky has served on the board since 2008. He has lived in Bonita Springs since 2000, when he retired as division vice president and general manager with Air Products & Chemicals, the Fortune 500 company he joined in 1962. Bachman is owner/president of WBG SW Florida Inc. A board member since 2000, he has served previous terms as president and treasurer.

Malloy, who served as secretary in in 2016, has served on the board since 2012. He is vice president for client services at MACH Energy, an energy management company based in San Francisco. Sharkey has served on the board since 2009. A Bonita Springs resident since 1986, he retired as a lieutenant after more than two decades with the State of Florida Department of Corrections.

BSU members elect nine directors to the board to govern the utility. Other board members are Paul J. Attwood, Brian Farrar, Frank W. Liles Jr., Vincent Marchesani and Ben Nelson. The board of directors holds a public meeting at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various subcommittees and work groups.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility founded by local citizens in 1971. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Water and Pollution Control Operators Association, and Florida Water Environment Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.

BSU announces board of directors

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. members elected Paul J. Attwood, Ben Nelson, Brian Farrar, Vincent Marchesani and Frank W. Liles, Jr. to its board of directors. Election Monitor Jim Kerr announced the results during the utility’s annual meeting.

BSU members elect three fellow members each year for a three-year term on the utility’s nine-member board of directors. Due to two director vacancies in 2016, there was an additional two-year term and one-year term to fill this year. Ten candidates ran for the five open board seats.

BSU mailed 24,252 ballots, and volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Lee County counted 3,979 valid returned ballots. Elected to three-year terms, Attwood received 2,555 votes, Nelson received 2,274 votes and Farrar received 2,134 votes. Elected to the two-year term, Marchesani received 1,933 votes. Liles received 1,872 votes and was elected to the one-year term.

Attwood has served on the board since 2001, including past terms as vice president and secretary. He recently retired from the oil and gas regulatory section of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a professional geologist.

A Bonita Springs resident since 1960, Nelson previously served on the board from 1990 to 2001 and rejoined in 2016. He has served previous terms as president and vice president. He served for 16 years on the Bonita Springs City Council, including two terms as mayor, and has owned/operated Nelson Marine Construction for 35 years. Nelson is a longtime supporter and executive committee member of the CREW Land & Water Trust and has served as chairman for three years.

Farrar joined the board in 2016 and is president/managing member of BCF Management Group LLC. He is currently secretary/treasurer of the Lee County Mosquito Control District board of commissioners and vice-chair of the CREW Land & Water Trust board of directors.

Marchesani, a Bonita Springs resident since 2006, is a retired vice president of a global chemical company. He has a Ph.D. in environmental, health and safety management, a master’s degree in environmental science and bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and biochemistry. He is an active member of the City of Bonita Springs Technical Advisory Board.

A Bonita Springs resident, Liles has served on the BSU board since 1986, including terms as vice president, secretary and treasurer. He is a Rotarian and Bonita Springs Zoning Board member, and served for more than 20 years as a Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue District commissioner.

Other board members are Robert Bachman, Mike Malloy, Robert Sharkey and James Strecansky. The board of directors hold a public meeting at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various subcommittees and work groups.

During the annual meeting, Malloy was recognized for five years of service on the board.

Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. completes construction of new corporate office

Bonita Springs, Fla. Bonita Springs Utilities, Inc. (BSU) celebrated the opening of its new corporate office with a ribbon cutting on March 7, coordinated by the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. The new administration building is located at 11900 East Terry Street, Bonita Springs, FL, 34135.

BSU is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility that was founded by local citizens in 1971. It provides services in Bonita Springs, Estero and unincorporated Southern Lee County. BSU recently completed the construction of a 19,000-square-foot, two-story building to house its administration, finance, engineering and IT departments.

The BSU board members and staff gather with community friends and the Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon on the new building.

On March 7, The BSU board members and staff gathered with community friends and the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon for the new building.