In a very poor voter turnout, the members of the Holley-Navarre Water System elected four representatives to the governing board of the company Tuesday night. Bien May, James Calkins and Robert Coley were re-elected to the board for three-year terms. Brian Kelly was elected for a one-year term.
Calkins had the most votes with 527 and Coley was second with 521. May garnered 399 votes and Kelly had 372 votes.
Only 578 voters took part in the board election, with each able to choose up to four people on the ballot for the four open positions. May was nominated and approved as president for 2016 and Calkins was nominated and approved as vice-president.
Two other candidates were on the ballot seeking a position. However, they did not receive enough votes to be in the top four. Heather Scruggs received 84 votes and Anthony Moyer received 175.
The board of directors will face challenges in 2016 including a proposed increase for its customers that could be upward of 18 percent. This comes at a time when the company increased benefits to its employees by paying all insurance premiums for the employee and the employee’s family. In addition, the Health Savings Account payments to offset the deductible were doubled for the employee and tripled if there were a family deductible.
The next meeting of the board will be Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at Holley-Navarre Water System, 8574 Turkey Bluff Road.
The board of directors will face challenges in 2016 including a proposed increase for its customers that could be upward of 18 percent.
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