Dentist rounds out water district board
EUREKA SPRINGS -- The Carroll-Boone Water District once again has a full board complement with the approval of dentist Dr. Frank A. "Lad" Brooks III of Harrison to fill the seat vacated after the death of Royce Barrett from Harrison last year. Brooks will serve through 2012.
Brooks, along with Chairman James Yates and Mark Billings, make up the Boone County contingent of the board.
Board members serve six-year terms and are elected by the people, but their seats are rarely challenged.
Brooks was raised in Batesville, received undergraduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and his dental degree from the University of North Carolina.
After graduation he worked on the Navajo reservation for the Indian Health Service until he and his wife, Kim, moved to Harrison in 1993. They have three children.
Asked how he feels about fluoridating the water supply, Brooks said he is for it.
"I believe it's important," he said. "I provide it for my children each night, my little ones."
The issue of fluoridation has been a controversial one in the Carroll-Boone Water District.
Office manager Jim Allison said by phone later there have been two attempts in the past to add fluoride to the drinking water supply, with the city councils of Berryville, Green Forest and Harrison passing ordinances to request it from Carroll-Boone. Eureka voted to the let the people decide, and in both cases it was voted down.
Unless there is perfect consensus, Allison said, no fluoride will be added at the Carroll-Boone plant.
"But it's not like they're being forced not to have it," he said. "If any of the cities desire to have their water fluoridated, they can fluoridate (at their intake) off our line. But it is expensive."
Plant manager John Summers reported the district had the best month it's ever had in water sales to a city when it pumped 100 mg (million gallons) to Harrison in August.
He said in one day the district pumped 11,383 gallons, or 8,000 gpm (gallons per minute).
He said the district also met its "load shedding" goal. This is a process whereby the district can shut down and run its water plants on generators to save electricity costs during peak usage.
He said if the district had not been able to meet load shedding in each of its four quarters, it would have cost $175,000 for the year in electricity alone.
Engineer Brad Hammond from McGoodwin, Williams & Yates reported his company is looking at a study done of the plant water filters, but he is not yet ready to make recommendations.
He said paint is starting to come off from inside the filters, and they will need to be repainted or to be coated with a special lining that lasts longer (50 years as opposed to 20 years for paint) but is much more expensive. He will make recommendations at a later date.
The board approved the financial reports for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30. The district ended with an excess of $1.3 million in income, compared to $1.1 million in 2009, and total assets of $25.6 million, as opposed to $25.2 million in 2009. Water sales rose from $3 million in 2009 to $3.3 million in 2010, outperforming budget projections by $181,000.