The San Lorenzo Valley Water District Board of Directors appointed Jeffrey Hill to fill a vacant seat on the board at the April 21 board meeting.
Hill, a Scotts Valley resident and District customer since 1998, has served two years on the District’s Budget and Finance Committee. He will serve in the seat vacated by Lois Henry, who resigned on Feb. 27. The term of office lasts until the November 2022 general election.
Henry was first elected to the board in December 2018.
Hill received a bachelor’s degree in advertising in 1968 from Michigan State University and a master’s in marketing from University of Colorado Graduate School of Business in 1972.
Hill is a retired marketing executive with extensive experience in Silicon Valley tech start-ups and storage companies. In addition to serving on the Budget and Finance Committee, he also served two years on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department Citizen Advisory Committee and two years as citizen representative on the Scotts Valley General Plan Advisory Committee. He’s also a board member and treasurer on the Scotts Valley Sportsmen’s Club.
“I am familiar with the district’s structure, operations and financial situation. I know the structure of the district’s budget, the budgeting process and some of the key people responsible for building the budget,” Hill wrote in his candidate’s letter to the board. “(I) feel like I can be an immediate and valuable contributor.”
SLVWD currently provides service to approximately 7,900 residential, commercial and institutional connections. The district relies on both surface water and groundwater resources, including nine currently active stream diversions, one groundwater spring and eight active groundwater wells. It owns, operates, and maintains two water systems from separate water sources. These sources are derived solely from rainfall within the San Lorenzo River watershed.
In addition, the District operates a small wastewater system in Boulder Creek’s Bear Creek Estates, which serves approximately 56 homes.
Among the challenges it faces currently is rebuilding portions of its infrastructure that were charred by the CZU Lightning Complex in 2020.