Glance at the Past – Recent MUD Accomplishments

submitted by Chuck Walters, WB MUD Board President

Operating expenses have been reduced over $350,000 through 1. Restructuring:  reduced overtime, consolidated customer service and weekend two-man crew, 2.  Negotiating new electric rates for District accounts as well as new cell and landline phone rates, and 3. Saving costs by modernizing the vehicle fleet and by declaring excess equipment surplus.

Trees for Trails has been implemented, beginning with adopting a master plan, removing invasive species, and completing three tree plantings already.  Funding for this plan is supported by single stream recycling.

Implemented Green initiatives include single stream recycling, updated pool heaters, modernized pump station equipment, rainwater harvesting and irrigation system repairs (including well monitoring), a new air conditioning system for the Rec Center, a new thermostat for the CC, and the acquisition of an electric ATV.

Enhanced security patrols complemented  security camera installations at critical facilities and  neighborhood crime watch programs were supported as more neighborhoods became involved.

Repairs on the CC roof have been completed and the Annex roof has been replaced.  Rec Center counter and office space were remodeled.

Certain recreation programs were enhanced (including a Zumba class) as the registration/membership tag renewal process was improved.

The Wells Branch Community Church has been moved to a larger venue at the Rec Center.

MS4 drainage system regulatory requirements were implemented along with comprehensive pond and stream assessments.

A strategic water/wastewater master plan was developed.

Improvements were made to the disc golf course:  added holes and signs, painted baskets.

Under trail system maintenance:  all wood bridges were repaired concentrating on storm damage.  Benches, tables and trash receptacles were replaced as needed, and faded signs in KF Park and other areas were replaced.

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