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Placer Water bids adieu to departing directors Ben Mavy, Lowell Jarvis

By: Journal Staff
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Directors of the Placer County Water Agency on Thursday thanked two directors who are leaving elected office after 20 years of combined public service.

District 3 Director Lowell Jarvis, who has represented Auburn for 16 years, and one-term District 5 Director Ben Mavy were recognized during a ceremony held during their last board meeting.  Neither sought re-election in the Nov. 6 general election.

Jarvis, a retired state employee who resides in Ophir, leaves office after four elected terms.  He praised the agency’s accomplishments over the years, saying the progress has been possible because “we all work together.”

Mavy, of Applegate, an independent financial consultant, is stepping down after one four-year term on the board.

“Public service is a privilege,” he said.  “I’m thankful to have had this opportunity.”

The new 2013 agency board is scheduled to take office in December.  Members include Gray Allen of Roseville, District 1; Alex Ferreira of Lincoln, District 2; Mike Lee of Loomis, District 3; and Robert Dugan of Roseville, District 4.  The District 5 election has not yet been certified by Placer County Elections Office, with Auburn’s Cheryl Maki and Josh Alpine of Colfax the two leading vote-getters.

In other business, agency directors:

 •  Congratulated Ferreira, who was recognized Nov. 8 by the Placer Land Trust as 2012 Placer Conservator of the Year.  County Supervisor Robert Weygandt and Land Trust representatives Fred Yeager and Jeff Darlington attended the agency board meeting to pay tribute to the longtime Placer County rancher.

• Retained the Folsom-based consulting firm GridSME to assist the agency in planning and registering a new compliance program with the North American Electric Corporation.  The program is required as the agency moves into its new role as an independent hydroelectric power producer in May of next year.