LETTER: Resident endorses candidate for Water District #49 Commissioner

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

Roger Gee for Water District 49 Commissioner Position #2

Like many of you, I don’t pay much attention to Water District issues. I turn on the tap and water is there, it’s clear and it tastes good. However, this year I’ve been seeing Roger Gee’s name around town and online, and his interest in serving as Water District Commissioner has gotten my attention. I ran into him recently and we sat down to chat, mostly about water.

The boundaries of Water District 49 look a little odd on a map, but it encompasses the downtown business core of Burien and extends west and south to include Lake Burien, Gregory Heights and Manhattan. You can find a map here: https://burienwa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/663. The District has eight employees and three commissioners, meetings are held monthly and two commissioners are required to vote on issues. The commissioners oversee District 49 projects, costs and duration, their goal is to ensure that the Water District is operating in the best interests of the citizens served.

As I have been learning more about this position one of the things that has gotten my attention is the incumbent’s attendance. It’s my understanding that during the past three years Commissioner Lutz, has missed 21 meetings, with eight unexcused absences occurring in the past year, that’s eight out of twelve. Mr. Lutz has stated that these were primarily due to injuries, but how effective can a commissioner be when he only meets a quarter of his commitment? Further, and maybe more importantly, what is his level of commitment to the community he serves? I don’t know Commissioner Lutz, but he has been District Commissioner for 12 years, I wonder if it isn’t time he found something he’s more interested in.

Meanwhile, Roger Gee has been attending District meetings on his own time, not something he can have much of considering he is a husband, father, small business owner, local BNI chapter president, community volunteer and musician. The fact that Roger is interested enough in our Water District to devote his spare time is enough reason for me to consider him a worthy candidate. More importantly, Roger is very sincere about ensuring effective oversight of WD #49’s performance, frankly, anyone who is this passionate about something so often overlooked must be worth considering!

Following is a quote from Roger Gee’s candidacy Facebook page, I will be casting my vote for him, I think you should too.

“Residents in King County Water District 49 expect and deserve a well-run, efficient water system. I will make sure our population growth does not affect the ability to provide clean water, while ensuring a strong infrastructure. Being self-employed, I continually look for new ways to improve efficiency on the job, while maintaining fiscal responsibility. I will use these proven methods as your water district commissioner. Communication is the key to building a rapport with management and field workers, so we are all on the same page. A majority of my work is in the Burien area, so I am able to stop and talk with field workers. Burien has been my home for 25 years. I worked with local sports teams and as a community volunteer. I look forward to representing you, the citizens of Burien and Normandy Park, as your advocate for affordable, clean water.”

– Lance McIntosh
Burien resident

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