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Water and Sewer Board

Our Water and Sewer Board has been continuously engaged in strenuous and independent oversight of the department's strategic direction, budget, and operations since its creation. This overseeing is supplemented by the annual examination of our budget by City Council.

With the adoption of the 1958 City Charter, Greeley citizens created a Council-appointed Water Board with the duty to “acquire, develop, convey, lease, and protect water and sewer assets, supplies, and facilities.” The citizens also gave the Board the power to set the minimum water and sewer rates necessary for operation, maintenance, debt service, and depreciation. This separate rate setting authority allows City Council to focus on economic development, knowing there will be a healthy water system to support their efforts. Consequently, we have one of the more robust water systems in Colorado.

Our Board has an important role in Greeley leadership, with seven voting members appointed by the City Council, as well as the Mayor, City Manager and Director of Finance as ex-officio members. The Director of Water and Sewer is the primary staff representative to this Board. As such, the Director has the responsibility to provide reports and recommendations to the Board related to their autonomous rate-making and water resource authority, and to adhere to the City Council policies and priorities as directed by the City Manager.

Agendas and minutes

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September 21 2016 Water & Sewer PacketPDF74.91 KB Download
August 17 2016 Water & Sewer PacketPDF447.47 KB Download
July 20 2016 Water & Sewer PacketPDF6.12 MB Download
June 15 2016 W & S Packet FullPDF8.83 MB Download
2017 & 2018 Budget and 5 Year CIPPDF3.83 MB Download

Board Members

Harold Evans, Chairman

  • First appointed: June, 1997
  • Term expires: June, 2018
Harold Evans

Board Chairman Harold Evans has been a member of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board since 1997 and has served as its chairman since 2003. His extensive background in water issues includes bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri. He also holds licenses as a professional engineer in both Missouri and Colorado and since 1990, is the owner of the Evans Group, a commercial real estate development and construction management consulting service.

Mr. Evans was appointed by Gov. Bill Ritter in 2007 to the South Platte River Task Force. He also served on the Statewide Water Supply Initiative and has served on the Interbasin Compact Committee since 2005. In July 2010, he testified before the US Congress Subcommittee on Water and Power, Committee on Natural Resources, regarding municipal water resource planning.

Mr. Evans is currently a member of the Colorado Water Congress and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. He has received numerous community awards and belongs to many civic associations, including Greeley Rotary Club, United Way and Boy Scouts of America.

Mick Todd, Vice-Chairman

  • Date First Appointed: June, 1998
  • Term Expires: June, 2018

Mick ToddJohn M. "Mick" Todd has been a member of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board since 1998. Mick is the former President of Toddy's Supermarkets and is currently the manager of Cottonwood Management LLC, a real estate investment and management company.  

Mr. Todd has a degree in finance from the University of Colorado and a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University. As a resident of Greeley he has served on numerous local boards including Union Colony Bank, NCMC Foundation, the Greeley Chorale, United Way, and the Greeley Art Commission to name a few. 

Mick is married to Susan Todd and they have three children:  Haynes,  Perry, and Paul.

Robert A. Ruyle

  • Date First Appointed: January, 1975
  • Term Expires: June, 2016

Robert RuyleRobert A. Ruyle graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Law, Boulder, Colorado (LLB 1959). Mr. Ruyle became a partner in the law firm of Miller & Ruyle (1959-1970) in Greeley, Colorado, specializing in real estate, commercial, and water law. He joined the construction firm of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. as Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel in January, 1970 and later became a principal stockholder of this large national contracting firm.

As Vice President and General Counsel of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and its related subsidiaries, Clearwater Constructors, Inc., Rocky Mountain Prestress, Inc., Southern Steel Company, and Pickens-Bond Construction Co., Mr. Ruyle participated in a wide variety of construction litigation ranging from mechanical liens and foreclosures, Miller Act claims, construction failure cases, and government contract claims prosecuted before federal agencies, including the General Services Administration, the Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Veterans Administration, and the Atomic Energy Commission. He also specialized in construction payment and performance surety bond default cases. He represented the construction industry as a guest lecturer at the national surety bond school of Aetna Casualty and Surety Company in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mr. Ruyle has lectured to members of the Colorado Bar Association on a variety of topics concerning construction litigation, conducting sections for the Colorado Bar Association programs for continuing legal education.

Mr. Ruyle has conducted a number of construction seminars for various trade associations, including the Colorado Association of General Contractors, the Colorado Masonry Contractors Association, and the Denver-Metro Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Contractors Association. He has served as chairman of the National Association of General Contractors (AGC) Corps of Engineers Committee and its Water Resource Committee. He served the National AGC as chairman of its Heavy and Industrial Committee servicing the contracting industry’s affiliation with the Corps of Army Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Soil Conservation Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Dredging Industry. In this capacity, he also served on the National AGC Executive Committee (1989-1991).

Mr. Ruyle has been a member of the Weld County Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice law in all Colorado State Courts, the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Ruyle was awarded the University of Colorado Distinguished Achievement Award as an Executive in Industry in 1991.

Mr. Ruyle was one of the original organizers of the Union Colony Bank in Greeley, Colorado, and served on its Board of Directors. He has been active in civic organizations having served on its Board of Directors. He has been active in civic organizations having served as a director of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, Greeley Industrial Development Foundation, University of Colorado Foundation, Inc., North Colorado Medical Center Foundation, Longs Peaks Council, Boy Scouts of America, Mountain Prairie Council Girl Scouts of America, University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board, and University of Colorado President Leadership Institute. He has been a member of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board since 1975.

Fred Otis

  • Date First Appointed: June, 2005
  • Term Expires: July, 2019

Fred Otis

Fred Otis grew up in Greeley and currently practices law, focusing on real estate and business matters.  He is a founding member of Otis, Bedingfield and Peters, LLC.  Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Otis served as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr. Otis is admitted to practice law in the State courts of Colorado and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Weld County Bar Association.

Mr. Otis has previously served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Greeley, Chairman of the Greeley/Weld Chamber of Commerce, member of the Commission on Judicial Performance for the 19th Judicial District and the Weld County Planning Commission. 

In addition to participating in many civic organizations, Mr. Otis currently serves on the Board of Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc, and the Board of United Way of Weld County.

Joe Murphy

  • Date First Appointed: June, 2010
  • Term Expires: June, 2015

Joe MurphyJoe Murphy has been a member of the Greeley Water and Sewer Board since 2010. Mr. Murphy is a native of Greeley and graduated from Greeley Central High School. He received a degree in Engineering from the US Military Academy in 1974 and an MBA from Georgia State University in 1979. Mr. Murphy spent 5 years on active duty in the US Army Corps of Engineers where he managed building and road construction projects. After the service Mr. Murphy worked for a number of companies including General Electric and International Paper Company as a Finance Manager, Product Manager, Sales Manager, Vice President of Marketing and Division General Manager.

Since returning to Greeley in 2007, Mr. Murphy has been a real estate agent working primarily in the residential market. He is an avid golfer, biker, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Joe is married to JoAnne Murphy and they have 2 children.

Manuel Sisneros

  • Date First Appointed: June, 2014
  • Term Expires: June, 2019

Manuel CisnerosManuel Sisneros was the co-owner of Dumar Contractors, which was in business for 37 years. Dumar Contractors completed concrete contracts throughout northeastern Colorado which included box culverts, bridges, and retaining walls on nearly every county highway north of Denver as well as at DIA; the Crystal Lakes Dam structure; curb, gutter and sidewalks in most communities; boat ramps at Horse Tooth reservoir; and decorative concrete fences in many residential areas. They were selected by the Greeley/Weld Chamber of Commerce to receive the 1998 Winners Circle Award and several of the projects they worked on received awards – one of the most notable the sculpture plaza “When Champions Meet” at the Greeley Independence Stampede which was selected by the Daily Journal/Construction Management Report for Outstanding Landscape Project. They donated concrete projects to the Poudre Trail as well as Island Grove Park via the Gold Spur program.

Mr. Sisneros was also the owner of Alamo Liquors, co-owner or convenience stores and gas stations, Chairman of Security for 4 years and the General Chairman for 2 years of the Greeley Independence Stampede, Chairman of the Old Buckers Group (past members of Stampede Committee) for 2 years, served as the Greeley Independence Stampede Grand Marshall in 2006, and serves on the Greeley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Colorado Christian Businessmen, and United Way Board of Directors. His hobbies include golf and traveling.

Tony Miller

  • Date First Appointed: June, 2013
  • Term Expires: June, 2018

Tony MillerTony Miller is Executive Vice President of First FarmBank, an independent community bank with headquarters in Greeley and branches in Yuma and Sterling, Colorado. He has been with First FarmBank since its formation in 2006. Mr. Miller has been involved in banking in Northern Colorado since 1981, and has been in Greeley since 1984.

Mr. Miller was appointed to the Greeley Water & Sewer Board in July 2013. His strong interest in water comes from being a life-long resident of the front range of Northern Colorado with a farming background and a belief in prudent oversight of water resource management and beneficial use of this valuable resource.

Mr. Miller has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Colorado State University, and has completed numerous banking related programs.

Mr. Miller is Chairman of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Committee, a member of the Local Government and Business Affairs Committee, and serves as Secretary / Treasurer and Executive Committee Member for the Colorado Farm Show. He has also served on several boards for local community service organizations.