OWASA Board of Directors Meeting Summary for June 10

OWASA’s Board of Directors met virtually on Thursday, June 10, 2021, and considered an agenda that included voting on the proposed budget and rate adjustment for Fiscal Year 2022.

The Board of Directors is currently meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Budget and Rate Adjustment

The Board approved the schedule of rates, fees and charges which includes a 5% rate increase that will go into effect on October 1, 2021. The Board also approved the FY 2022 annual budget and the five-year Capital Improvements Program. The Board held public hearings on the proposed rates and Fiscal Year 2022 budget in May 2021.

Honor Retiring Board Member

The Board approved a resolution honoring Robert Morgan for his two terms of service as a member of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors.

Long-Range Water Supply Plan Guiding Principles

The Board provided feedback on draft guiding principles to use when evaluating water supply alternatives to reliably access OWASA’s allocation of water in Jordan Lake. The guiding principles will be used in evaluating water supply alternatives as part of OWASA’s update of the community’s Long-Range Water Supply Plan to provide an adequate supply of water for our community through 2070. The Board will continue its discussion of the guiding principles at its July 8, 2021 work session.

Board Officer Vote

The Board elected Jody Eimers as Chair, Yinka Ayankoya as Vice Chair, and John Morris as Secretary of the Board of Directors effective on July 1, 2021.

Next Meeting

The Board will hold its next meeting remotely on Thursday, July 8, 2021, via Microsoft Teams at 6 p.m.; a link will be provided here.