The Hamilton County WWTA honored former board members at their December meeting. East Ridge selected Kenny Custer to serve as their representative, while Tyler Howell served as Red Bank’s representative and Boyd Veal represented Signal Mountain. Mike Moon served as a county appointee for many years and spent the last few years of his tenure as chairman of the board.
During his time on the board, Mr.
Custer was instrumental in providing guidance and support for efforts in East Ridge. With some infrastructure well over 50 years old, East Ridge’s sewer system was long-overdue for repairs, rehabilitation and upgrades, officials said. With efforts in place, East Ridge’s Exit 1 is now the poster child for the impact made by sewer infrastructure. Board Chairman Dick Gee noted, “East Ridge is well-positioned for a very bright future and this is in no small way due to the work and representation of Kenny Custer on our board.”
Mr. Gee also had high praise for Howell’s representation of Red Bank. “As Tyler joined our board, he represented a community with a very unique situation. Several years earlier, the city of Red Bank’s sewer system had been added to the WWTA service area- -along with their debt. Tyler understood the complexities of the issue, met with constituents and provided wise insight. Today, the amount being paid by our Red Bank customers to offset that debt will soon come to an end and we are grateful for Tyler’s efforts during this difficult time.”
Boyd Veal joined the board when he became Signal Mountain’s town manager. A life-long resident of the mountain, Mr. Veal knows that the community is facing extensive challenges to meet the upcoming requirements of the consent decree that will soon be executed with the EPA, it was stated.
“Signal Mountain’s terrain makes solutions to their sewer issues difficult,” noted Mr. Gee. “As the WWTA prepares to provide solutions to meet the requirements of the CD, it has been comforting to have the steady leadership of Boyd Veal on our board and as a voice for the WWTA on the mountain.”
Mike Moon was praised for his leadership as board chairman as the WWTA began their negotiations with the EPA. “Mike became our chair at a pivotal time for the WWTA. His calm steady leadership provided a clear direction for us and was invaluable throughout his tenure,” Mr. Gee said
“WWTA board members serve in a non-paid capacity. They offer their expertise and experience to the organization and provide countless hours to guide our efforts. We’ve been blessed to have excellent leadership on the board from Kenny, Tyler, Boyd and Mike. They’ve made our organization better and have us well positioned for the future,” noted Mr. Gee.