Incumbent Bob Boring runs unopposed for Position 5

LeeZachrisonIn Clackamas County’s May 21 special election, registered voters in the Boring Water District will be asked to vote their preference for board Position No. 3. Jim Zachrison is challenging incumbent candidate John Lee Jr.

Ballots, which registered voters may already have received, are due back by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Zachrison vs. Lee

Lee says he would like to continue into a third term as a director on the board because there are unfinished projects he would like to continue.

Those projects, Lee said, include a five-year master plan and resolving the issues that have stopped pumping from the Compton Road well.

He also wants to complete the easement from the district’s reservoir near the Meier Dairy to Highway 212 and find a way to interconnect with another water system to add security and lower risk in the event of a disaster.

Zachrison, who has lived and worked in the Boring area for nearly 40 years, says he can make a contribution to the community by serving the water district as a board member.

He is a licensed civil and structural engineer with his own company, and believes his experience and education would be of value to the water district.

“With my engineering experience,” Zachrison said, “I feel I would be an asset to the board and in a position to give input on technical issues that may need to be addressed by the board.”

Lee apparently agrees with his opponent on the need to use experts when considering critical decisions. He says too many decisions are being made based on what he called “gut feel” and not on “scientific methods or critical analysis.”

“There is still a culture (at the district) where we can do the work cheaper than a contractor,” Lee said, “which needs to be changed to minimize risk to the district and utilize our limited resources for supervision rather than labor.”

Zachrison says the current board is “competent and has good business and financial leadership,” but he would like to offer his knowledge of water systems gained while extending service to his property and while serving in Africa in the Peace Corps.

If elected, Zachrison said he would not propose major changes immediately.

“My approach would be to listen and learn,” he said, “and then react as necessary.”

Bob Boring

BoringIn Clackamas County’s May 21 special election, registered voters in the Boring Water District will be asked to vote their preference for Position No. 5. Incumbent candidate Bob Boring is unopposed.

Boring has served the district for four years, with two as a member of the budget committee. That experience, he said, is what helps the board decide how to improve the district’s operation.

Boring says he has made efforts to keep the district providing the service that its clients expect.

“I try to bring a common sense approach,” he said, “to each question or problem.”

A district equipment replacement fund is high on Boring’s list of hopes for the coming years. The reason, he says, is that several water pumps are nearing their expected life span.

Boring also is interested in updating the district’s master plan, as required by state law as well as continuing to keep the district’s policies and procedures manuals updated.

To the question of why people should vote for him, Boring cites his longevity in the community.

“As a lifelong resident of Boring and a water district customer for 40 years,” he said, “I think I bring knowledge of the community and its expectations of the district.”

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