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Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District

April 4, 2019

Citizens head to the polls on Tuesday, April 9 to elect candidates for Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District Representative. The Black Hills Pioneer sent a candidate questionnaire to the individuals vying for one position, which carries a three-year term. The candidates’ answers are published below as received. When necessary, answers were edited slightly for length.

Geogeann Silvernail

Name and what you do for a living?

Georgeann Silvernail, I am retired and work at Mt. Moriah in the summer.

What motivated you to run for the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District board?

I was first elected to the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary Board in May, 2013. I am running because I recognize the importance of our water quality and wastewater management to our communities.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

Having been responsible for overseeing budgets and spending for the Boards and Commissions I have served on, I recognize the importance of balancing budgets without having to raise costs for the residents I represent.

With regards to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit offices have you held?

I served as a Deadwood City Commissioner for 22 years. Served on the South Dakota Municipal League Committees and Board for 18 years; Neighborworks Board 12 years; Deadwood Chamber Board for 8 years; Black Hills Council of Local Governments Board for 11 years; Deadwood Library Board 1 year. I’m a Republican Party Committee member and a member of the St. Ambrose Church and Alter Society since 1962. Also, serve a Superintendent on the Election Board since 1980. Chuck Turbiville appointed me to the New Comprehensive Plan Committee for Deadwood, which ended December 2018.

How many Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District meetings have you attended within the last year and during your candidacy?

I have attended 22 meetings within the last year and during my candidacy a total of 130 meetings during the six years I have served on the Board.

What are the most important issues that need to be addressed in the cities of Lead and Deadwood regarding the sanitary district?

The maintenance of the water and sewer lines within the two cities.

How do you intend to solve these issues?

Repair or replace as the need requires.

What do you believe is working for the sanitary district and how will you retain that progression?

We have a good group of responsible people working for the District and they know what is needed and do a great job for our communities. Hopefully we can keep our employees by paying a reasonable wage.

Do you subscribe to the legal newspaper for the cities of Lead and Deadwood, the Black Hills Pioneer?

My friend and I share the newspaper.

What improvements do you think could be made by the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District that would directly benefit its residents?

The employees and management do a great job to maintain good services for the residents and to keep the cost down.

Do you think the water quality for Lead-Deadwood can be improved? If so, how? If not, why?

Our water is the best in the Black Hills. Our visitors always compliment us on the water quality.

What perspective from your personal and professional background would you bring to the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District?

Looking out for the residents of our community who elect me, while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget.

What else do you want people to know about you?

We came to Deadwood on 1962 and raised our 6 children here in Deadwood. I have tried to be a productive member of our community, with deep regard for the towns of Lead, Deadwood and surrounding area. I would appreciate your vote on April 9th. Please get out and vote. Thank you.

Roger Thomas

Name and what you do for a living?

Roger Thomas, retired from the City of Lead

What motivated you to run for the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District board?

Since retiring, I can now give more time to public service.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

I recently retired from the City of Lead as the Public Utilities Supervisor and am currently a certified class 2 operator in water distribution and wastewater collection. I have worked with the district operators for many years and believe I could be an asset to the board.

With regards to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit offices have you held?

I’m currently a board member on the Lead P&Z commission; current life member of Golden Star Lodge #9, being Past Master twice.

How many Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District meetings have you attended within the last year and during your candidacy?

0ne, since the meetings are held at noon it made it difficult to attend while I was working.

What are the most important issues that need to be addressed in the cities of Lead and Deadwood regarding the sanitary district?

Infastrucure is always a big concern, with the district maintaining approx. 34 miles of collection system and an aging plant.

How do you intend to solve these issues?

Working with the engineers and assisting the staff to help solve any issues that arise.

What do you believe is working for the sanitary district and how will you retain that progression?

The district has dedicated employees that strive to maintain the plant and collection system in top operating condition. Continuing to provide education and training opportunities will be crucial to maintaining that level of excellence.

Do you subscribe to the legal newspaper for the cities of Lead and Deadwood, the Black Hills Pioneer?

Yes for over 30 years.

What improvements do you think could be made by the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District that would directly benefit its residents?

Advertising the meeting dates and times, so that residents can attend these meeting to voice any concerns. Make the board members and staff more available to residents to address any concerns.

Do you think the water quality for Lead-Deadwood can be improved? If so, how? If not, why?

The current water quality is excellent. The district and both cities have done an excellent job of maintaining our quality of water. The citizens should be very proud of the job they accomplish.

What perspective from your personal and professional background would you bring to the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District?

Having worked in the water/wastewater field for the past 24 years, I believe I will be able to assist operators and staff brainstorming solutions to problems that may arise.

What else do you want people to know about you?

My wife, Dru and I have been in the community since 1985, we raised our six children here. We owned and ran R&D Construction for 30 years. I’m dedicated to continuing to serve the Lead/Deadwood communities. We have been very fortunate to live in and retire in this great city.

J. Thad Fuller

Name and what you do for a living?

J. Thad Fuller. I am a local businessman.

What motivated you to run for the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District board?

I’ve been a LDSD Board member since July 2013. I continue to be motivated by the quality of life that we have here in the Black Hills.

Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

I have a background in General Contracting. I am a self-employed individual that works with budgets every day.

With regards to leadership, what other elected public or nonprofit offices have you held?

I am the current Chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Committee for Lead, SD. I am the current Treasurer of the Northern Hills Recreation Association and a member of the NHRA Trails Committee. I volunteer as a youth sports coach in the Lead-Deadwood area for my children’s teams.

How many Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District meetings have you attended within the last year and during your candidacy?

I have attended 20/24 meetings in the last year. I have attended 122/138 meetings since I joined the Board in 2013.

What are the most important issues that need to be addressed in the cities of Lead and Deadwood regarding the sanitary district?

Move forward with fixing our aging Water Collection System.

Increase our customer base / expand our business.

Continue to keep our treatment plants in top shape.

How do you intend to solve these issues?

Our Water Collection System is extensive and will require section-to-section repair.

Having a forward-thinking business approach will include working with our cities and counties. Economic Development through responsible growth.

As far as our treatment plants, I’m going to let our qualified people do what they do best.

What do you believe is working for the sanitary district and how will you retain that progression?

Our Staff and Crews are excellent. The LDSD Board and Staff have a mutually respectful working relationship.

Do you subscribe to the legal newspaper for the cities of Lead and Deadwood, the Black Hills Pioneer?

Yes.

What improvements do you think could be made by the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District that would directly benefit its residents?

I feel that there is always room for improvement and we as a Board will continue to be prepared to handle situations as they arise.

Do you think the water quality for Lead-Deadwood can be improved? If so, how? If not, why?

We have great natural water and we meet state and federal standards.

What perspective from your personal and professional background would you bring to the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District?

My wife and I have chosen to raise our family here in the Lead-Deadwood area. Safe, clean water is an important aspect of our quality of life.

What else do you want people to know about you?

I appreciate the opportunity to have served on the Lead-Deadwood Sanitary District BOD since 2013.

Election Day is Tuesday, 4/9/2019.

Please vote.

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