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Utilities Commission
Meetings
Meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Council Chambers, Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle

View meeting agendas, minutes and video..

Members
District 1 - Bruce Redd
District 2 - Bill White
District 3 - Lee Robinson
District 4 - Stephan vanHorn
District 5 - Robert Bajek
District 6 - Moses Winston
At-Large – Rebecca Torres

Purpose
The Commission’s duties and responsibilities shall consist of the following:

(1) Review and give recommendations to the Governing Body regarding proposals from the City Manager pertaining to water and wastewater utilities prior to Governing Body consideration;

(2) Review and provide a recommendation of approval or disapproval to the Governing Body regarding the City Manager’s proposed annual operating and capital improvement budget for water and wastewater utilities;

(3) Review and provide a recommendation of approval or disapproval to the Governing Body regarding the City Manager’s five-year capital improvement program for water and wastewater utilities;

(4) Hold a minimum of one public hearing where public input is received on proposals from the City Manager or Governing Body member(s) pertaining to rate and charge adjustments for water and wastewater utilities services. After a public hearing is held, make a recommendation to the Governing Body of approval or disapproval of the proposal(s);

(5) Receive reports on a regular basis from city staff regarding the operation and financial performance of water and wastewater utilities;

(6) Receive an annual report from the city’s water rights attorney and hydrologist pertaining to progress on the city’s water management plan/strategy;

(7) Report annually to the Governing Body in accordance with Section 33.05.

(8) Perform such other duties and functions and have such other powers as may be authorized by the Governing Body or provided by city ordinance that are consistent with the provisions of the City Charter.

Appointment/Qualifications/Terms

One Utilities Commission member shall be appointed from each of the six City Council districts and each member shall reside in their respective district during their term. One member shall be a resident of the city, appointed at large. City employees and employees of any contract operator are not eligible to serve on the Commission.

(2) The Mayor shall make appointments based upon qualifications, knowledge, and experience related to the operation of water and wastewater facilities and the effect of such on the community. The Mayor’s appointments shall be subject to confirmation by a majority of the Governing Body. City employees and employees of any contract operator are not eligible to serve on the Commission.

(3) All members of the Commission shall be recommended for selection by a selection committee based upon their qualifications, knowledge and experience related to the operation of water and wastewater facilities, or public finance, and the effect of such on the community.

-The selection committee shall be appointed by the Mayor.

-Following interviews, the selection committee shall recommend a list of names to the Mayor who shall make appointments subject to confirmation by the City Council.


Application
Download an application for appointment or re-appointment (Excel / PDF) to a Board/Commission/Committee. Complete the application online.  For more information please contact the City Clerk.