5/03/2018

PUD History

Dan working on Hurricane Ridge Installing Fiber Optic Conduit and Vaults

   
Dan working on Discovery Trail Bridge and Sequim Bay Park Sewer By-pass

Jefferson Public Utility District (JPUD) #1, serves as the primary electrical supplier to most of Eastern Jefferson County.  The bulk of our power comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) who we are exclusively contracted with through 2028.  JPUD took on that responsibility by a vote of the people in 2008 and started full service in 2013.  The people of Jefferson County have a current debt repayment load of $105,000,000 over the next 24 years.  Roughly $6,000,000 a year of loan payment and interest at present levels.  The Rural Utilities Services (RUS) Loan that funded the electrical system takeover from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is a federal loan that requires JPUD to follow stringent guidelines.  Being a publicly owned utility makes us the masters of our own destiny, but public funds and the PUD are always under scrutiny from many government entities and their regulations, including regular audits.

The Water Department of JPUD #1 has been in existence quite a bit longer (1939).  It consists of several water and sewer systems around the county and is not part of the Port Townsend Mill or the City of Pt. Townsend systems.  Jefferson Public Utility District is tasked as a safety net for systems that are unable to maintain themselves administratively and/or operationally within the County.  New systems can enter JPUD #1 as well.

Dan Toepper
Email Dan at Toepper4PUDcommissioner@gmail.com

5/02/2018

About Dan


Dan Toepper (2nd on left) and family

I am 58 years old, born and raised in Jefferson County.  My grandparents purchased 160 acres of timber and farmland in Port Ludlow in the mid 1930’s, which is still in our family today.  Thanks to them, my family has been blessed to thrive in this county for over 80 years and on its fourth generation to be born here. 

I grew up in and around agriculture, fishing and the timber industries.  All of which are still a huge part of our culture, economy and identity here in Jefferson County.  County life back then consisted of chores, school, sports, 4H, Boy Scouts, band and choir; all of which left me with a strong work ethic.

I graduated from Chimacum High School in 1978 with National Honor Society honors.  
My wife Robin and I will celebrate our 34th wedding anniversary this year.  We have a wonderful family of four adult children and six beautiful grandchildren.

WORK HISTORY

I worked on the Olympic Peninsula in the fishing, timber and construction industries until 1990. In 1990, I joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302 where I’ve worked as an equipment operator for the past 28 years all over Western Washington all the time residing here in Jefferson County. 

Joining the Union in 1990 helped me expand my experience and gain training from employers and the Union to work on utilities and infrastructure installation, remediation and shoreline habitat restoration.  Some of the most recent projects that I’ve been on are relocating the sewer and pump station in Sequim Bay State Park, Olympic Discovery Trail work through Sequim Bay State Park, culvert replacement and salmon habitat recovery on four creeks in Kitsap County, digging the foundation for the new maintenance building at Fort Worden to name a few.

Currently, I am working on the Hurricane Ridge Road in The Olympic National Park, installing fiber optic conduits and vaults.

Dan Toepper
Email Dan at Toepper4PUDcommissioner@gmail.com


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Olympic Discovery Trail Bridge Footings         Sequim Bay Park Sewer Bypass.


4/30/2018

Vision

Dan working on Electric and Telecom work at Winslow Way.

There are many areas in which I believe that Jefferson Public Utility District #1 can focus on starting immediately:

Communications and community outreach need to be addressed.  Commissioners should increase their public exposure by attending more community organization gatherings.  PUD communication through the press and online should give more information regarding short range planning.

Internal policies, procedures and measuring metrics need to be evaluated or created.  Strong leadership starts with well-defined goals, precise guidelines to achieve objectives and a system for measuring success or failure.  When everyone involved knows what is expected of them and have the tools to achieve benchmarks, internal communications and continuity can be improved.

Well-defined short term (four years or less) and long-term (four to ten-year(s)) goals are critical to fixing budgets, keeping rates low and maintaining a high quality of service and reliability.  The price and availability of water and energy will fluctuate due to markets, climate and growth as we move forward.  JPUD #1 must be proactive in identifying those trends accurately and honestly.  Clarifying what capital improvements are needed is a priority.

I believe the PUD has a larger role to play in emergency preparedness within the County and the region.  JPUD should do a better job of promoting its current participation with other County entities in emergency preparedness and disaster planning.  Examining its contingency plans if there is a disruption of power and water service should also be evaluated.

Systems Redundancy needs to be an area that gets more evaluation and discussion.  Determining problem geographic areas and expanding the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system are first steps.  A comprehensive plan to deal with above ground or below ground communications and power installation must be cross-referenced with our capital improvements and construction by other entities within our right-of- way’s, easements or service area.

JPUD should make every effort to assist in economic development within our service area.  This could be possible through encouraging and facilitating Local Utility Districts (LUD), Fiberhoods to assist ISP broadband service, improving conservation education and expanding rebate options to name a few.  More thought and research should be encouraged to see if JPUD can play a non-monetary role in completing the Olympic Discovery Trail.

I support efforts to make the PUD become more self-dependent over time as BPA may not always be our best option or sole source of energy.  Any steps we take should be well thought out as well as operationally prudent and economically sound.

Low income/disabled assistance is necessary for our less fortunate neighbors.  Communication with the public about how to set and administer those policies coupled with conservation, rebates and working with other organizations need to be emphasized to reduce any financial impact on the PUD.

Lawsuits and litigation are always going to be part of doing business in today's culture.  Our goal should always be guided by the law that PUD’s are governed by.  We should make sure that due diligence is always taken, and we listen to all those who voice concerns about any issue or problem before the PUD.  Marginalizing, minimizing or otherwise disregarding public or business input is never helpful in avoiding conflict. 

Mission

   
Dan working on Kingston Pipe Project and Sequim Bay Park Sewer By-pass

I became extremely interested in JPUD #1 four years ago while campaigning for County Commissioner.  During my campaign back in 2014, I started attending many meetings across the political and community spectrums.  I still regularly attend many organizational, governmental and economic related meetings within the county.  However, the PUD really caught my attention.  

I joined the PUD Citizens Advisory Board in 2015 and spent two years on that board learning a lot about the PUD history, operations, policies and staff.  I have regularly attended PUD workshops, public meetings and hearings as well as Citizen Advisory Board and Board of Commissioner meetings for the past four years.  JPUD has gone through some rough water and still needs help setting a steady course.  

I possess the aptitude, disposition, as well as life and work experience skill sets that are a good fit for a PUD Commissioner.

I will work to help the PUD to be more accountable to its customers, improve the reliability and affordability of service and always insure that the PUD is approachable and transparent to the community it serves.

The voters of District 3 and Jefferson County deserve commissioners who can listen to all points of view, give timely and informative responses to questions and concerns then apply that information to form PUD policies or solutions.  Citizens and businesses expect and deserve answers as well as due process because they are the owners and the customers of JPUD.  To those owners I would ask; know how the issues and the candidates may ultimately affect your personal liberty, your pocket book, family or business not just today, but for years into the future.  Insist on factual information based on legitimate research, backed by real law and demand accountability.  

I look forward to discussing the issues with you as I earn your trust and your vote.


Thank you

Dan Toepper
Email Dan at Toepper4PUDcommissioner@gmail.com

Work History

Dan Working on Sequim Bay Park Sewer Project.

I worked on the Olympic Peninsula in the fishing, timber and construction industries until 1990. In 1990, I joined the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 302 where I’ve worked as an equipment operator for the past 28 years all over Western Washington all the time residing here in Jefferson County.

Joining the Union in 1990 helped me expand my experience and gain training from employers and the Union to work on utilities and infrastructure installation, remediation and shoreline habitat restoration.  Some of the most recent projects that I’ve been on are relocating the sewer and pump station in Sequim Bay State Park, Olympic Discovery Trail work through Sequim Bay State Park, culvert replacement and salmon habitat recovery on four creeks in Kitsap County, digging the foundation for the new maintenance building at Fort Worden to name a few.

Currently, I am working on the Hurricane Ridge Road in The Olympic National Park, installing fiber optic conduits and vaults.

Dan Toepper
Toepper4PUDcommissioner@gmail.com

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Olympic Discovery Trail Bridge Footings        Sequim Bay Park Sewer Bypass.

Election Process

Dan works on Kingston Telecom Project.


Greetings to my neighbors of Jefferson County. If we haven't met already, my name is Dan Toepper and I would like to represent you as the next Jefferson County Public Utility District #1 Commissioner (JPUD) from District 3. JPUD has three (3) elected Commissioners, who serve 6-year terms. The districts are the same as those of your County Commissioners. The Election process is two-fold. A primary election cycle for District 3 voters runs from May through July.

With only two candidates in the race, my name will not appear on the primary ballot. However, my name will appear on the November ballot. I am asking for your support so that I will be successful in both cycles.  Voter turnout and participation is important in both election cycles. I urge you to please mark your ballots for all the elected officials and ballot initiatives especially the PUD race which doesn’t always get as much attention.

The JPUD Commissioner position is a non-partisan race.  I am filing as a No-Party Preference candidate, which means that I am not affixed or affiliated to any political party and won’t be receiving financial help from any political party.  I also ran for County Free-Holder in 2013 as No-Party Preference and as a candidate for Jefferson County Commissioner in 2014 as a No-Party Preference candidate.  No-Party Preference means that I don’t have anything against people from any organized political party.  I simply choose not to be partisan or prejudiced against individuals who chose party affiliations.  I prefer to deal with the issues and possible solutions in a respectful and thoughtful manner. I am interested in what everyone has to say regardless if you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent or Libertarian; good ideas are not exclusive.