Friday, March 25, 2011

New Detroit Water Board Takes Shape

The New City of Detroit Board of Water Commissioners is taking shape. Following the February 11, 2011 Agreement between Mayor Bing and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, the suburban appointees to the Water Board have now been announced:
  • Oakland County - J. Bryan Williams, Esq
  • Wayne County - James Fausone, Esq
  • Macomb County - Fred Barnes, P.E.
Mr. Williams was selected by Oakland County on March 15, 2011. He is an attorney who practices in Bloomfield Hills with Dickinson Wright.  Among his clients, Mr. Williams represents the Oakland County Water Resources Commission. Mr. Williams replaces Marilynn Gosling, who served on the Water Board since 2003.

Mr. Fausone was selected by Wayne County on March 16, 2011. He is an attorney who practices in Northville with Fausone Bohn, LLP.  Mr. Fausone is an experienced environmental attorney. Mr. Fausone replaces Hilliard Hampton. 

Mr. Barnes was selected by Macomb County on March 17th.  He is a former public works chief engineer and West Point graduate. He worked for the Macomb County public works office from 1976 until his retirement in 2000. He has 40 years experience in the field of engineering. Mr. Barnes replaces William Westrick.

Comment: Under the terms of the Mayor's February 11, 2011 Agreement, two of the existing Board Members will be reappointed to maintain continuity.  In my view, Mayor Bing should retain Mary Blackmon and Carla Walker-Miller, both of whom have significant experience serving on the Board, and have a deep understanding of the challenges facing DWSD.

Of the two remaining positions, I would strongly encourage Mayor Bing to appoint John McGrail, P.E., who served DWSD as Head Engineer, Wastewater Construction, for more than 30 years. Mr. McGrail, a long-time resident of Detroit, has considerable experience and understanding of the engineering, procurement, and personnel issues facing DWSD, particularly at the main wastewater treatment plant.

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