Snohomish PUD board elects new president

Herald staff

EVERETT — Cynthia First was elected by fellow commissioners this week to serve as president of the Snohomish County PUD board for 2001. Don Berkey is the new vice president and Kathy Vaughn is secretary-treasurer.

After a short discussion of the merits of having meetings at night to get more customers involved in PUD business, the commissioners decided to continue meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. They agreed that they would have at least two regular meetings at night, although they left the dates open. They also said they planned to have some rate hearings at night, most likely in February.

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