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Special District

Nevada Irrigation DistrictCandidate for Director, Division 3

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Maury L. Hull

Mechanical Engineering Professor
846 votes (53.89%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Thoroughly evaluate NID's $1 billion in pending projects to justify need, cost and benefits.
  • Develop a comprehensive analysis of how projects will be funded and what the impacts will be on customers and tax payers
  • Work to increase the efficiency of NID's water delivery systems and expand service to unserved portions of NID’s district

Experience

Experience

Profession:Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Co-owner, Bodacious Blooms Flower Farm (2010–current)
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, UC Davis (1976–2013)

Education

University of California Berkeley (current)
Univerysity of California Berkeley PhD, Mechanical Engineering (1975)

Community Activities

Founder, Wild Ass Donkey Rescue (1996–current)
Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1975–current)

Biography

I bring a wide and varied background to the NID Board of Directors.  I spent my career working at UC Davis as a professor of mechanical engineering.  I worked on a broad spectrum of highly technical issues during my career there.  As a professor, I analyzed complex problems, evaluated various alternatives for addressing problems and developed effective solutions.  I managed projects involving mutliple personnel and significant budgets over multi-year periods and brought these projects to successful completion.  I gained strong skills in communication, collarboration and critical thinking.  These are all important skills that I will bring to the NID board.  While I am officially "retired", I maintain a laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UC Davis Medical Center where I continue my cutting edge research on advanced methods for knee replacement.  

With my wife, Karen, I also own Bodacious Blooms Flower Farm.  While Karen manages many aspects of our flower farm, I am the chief engineer.  I installed a complex, solar-powered irrigation system reliant on NID water that is fully automated and works on drip.  

We also operate a donkey rescue on our ranch.  We currently provide a home for 21 donkeys and we continue to take in and adopt out more animals as the need arises.  

This exposure to NID reinforced for me the critical role it plays in supporting agriculture and ranching in our region, and the importance of customer rates in sustaining an agricultural/ranching operation.

When I learned that a 15 mile NID pipeline was slated to pass in front of our home, I became even more immersed in NID.  Other NID projects came to my attention that were important to our region.  As a result, I studied multiple NID public documents, attended public meetings, met with NID prject managers and discussed issues with various takeholder groups to understand what was important to other citizens of Nevada and Placer Counties.  

As a result of these experiences, I believe I am well qualified to serve as the Division 3 Board of Director.  I have a strong technical background, direct experience working with NID and have reviewed and understand complex water issues facing our counties.  I am committed to representing the best interests of the citizens of Placer and Nevada Counties.

 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I became interested in the NID board when I learned that the 15 mile pipeline that is planned to transport water to Lincoln and will pass directly in front of our home and cost upwards of $350 million.  I wanted to learn more, so I studied the environmental impact report (EIR) and other available documents, attended public meetings, and met with the NID project engineer.  Subsequently, I learned about NID’s $300 million plan for infrastructure enhancements and their plan to dam the Bear River at a cost of more than $450 million.  Again, I reviewed relevant documents and attended public meetings.  Then I learned that NID has a major unfunded liability for employee retirement benefits and this negatively impacts the District’s financial health. 

All of this together results in a cost to tax payers and NID customers of well over $1 billion!

NID has no articulated or integrated plan to pay for all of this.

I decided to run for the NID Board of Directors so that I could help address these issues. 

My platform includes commitments to work with NID to:

·         Thoroughly evaluate all pending projects with a critical examination of justification and need

·         Develop a comprehensive analysis of how projects will be funded and what the impact will be on customers and tax payers

·         Develop a thorough understanding of how NID’s projects will impact the environment and quality of life in Placer and Nevada Counties

·         Expand service to unserved portions of NID’s district

·         Work with the citizens of Nevada and Placer Counties to better understand their concerns and to work in a more collaborative, open manner

 This is a critical time for NID and water management in our region.  The stakes are huge.  $1 billion in projects has the potential to position our region well.  Simultaneously, these projects have could create huge tax and rate burdens that are not sustainable.  We need NID leadership that is able to look at issues thoroughly, creatively, and in the best interests of the counties NID serves now and in the longer term.  I am this board member.  I will appreciate your vote so that I can help represent the best interests of Placer & Nevada Counties.   

 

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