CCUD to hold hearing on sewer connection charges

February 7, 2012

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Feb. 7, 2012

The Coal Creek Utility District Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at the CCUD office at 6801 132nd Place S.E. in Newcastle on the proposed adoption of sewer connection charges related to the Lake Boren Sewer Improvements Project.

The public is invited to attend and address the board regarding the proposed sewer connection charges.

Learn more about the proposed sewer connection charges at the district’s website www.ccud.org or by call CCUD General Manager Robert Russell at 235-9200.

Newcastle crews kept busy during storm

January 26, 2012

Coal Creek Utility District, Newcastle Public Works Department worked to maintain vital services despite snow, ice and power outages

NEW — 3:10 p.m., Jan. 26, 2012

While most Newcastle residents endured the brunt of January’s snow, wind, ice and consequential debris from the comfort of their own homes, five members of the Newcastle Public Works maintenance crew weren’t so lucky.

Despite 16-hour shifts, equipment malfunctions and no covered space to put chains on vehicles, Public Works Director Mark Rigos said the city staff “did an exceptional job under the circumstances.”

“We have a very small staff here,” he said. “They put in so many hours during this storm. Some had to sleep in City Hall … one of our guys didn’t go home for five or six days.”

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Coal Creek Utility District appoints manager

January 6, 2012

The Coal Creek Utility District’s Board of Commissioners has appointed Robert Russell to serve as the district’s new general manager.

Russell was named interim general manager at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting and he took the position Jan. 1.

He has worked for the district since 1995 and served as operations manager for four years after working as CCUD’s systems administrator.

With more than 28 years in the water and sewer industry, Russell is also a member of the American Water Works Association. He holds a Water Distribution Manager Level 3, a Water Distribution Specialist Level 2 and a Cross Connection Specialist Level 1 certification with the Washington State Department of Health.

He is the district’s representative for the Sno-King Water District Coalition and a member of the Technology Interest Group and Retrospective Rating Program for the Washington Association of Water and Sewer Districts.

CCUD operates a water and sewer service area covering the city of Newcastle and surrounding areas.