Seven residents have tossed their hats into the ring to replace Fred Weybret on the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District's board of directors.
Weybret resigned his seat in June after 33 years on the board, citing hearing problems during board meetings.
The remaining four board members will interview the candidates on Tuesday morning. The meeting is open to the public. The board may appoint Weybret's replacement at its Sept. 1 meeting, according to General Manager Ed Steffani.
Applicants include Fran Forkas, the city of Lodi's water and wastewater superintendent; recently retired Public Works Director Richard Prima, of Lodi; and Lodi community activist Eileen St. Yves, who lives in Acampo. Other applicants include Neal Colwell, of Lodi, and Acampo residents Mark Beck, Larry Mackey and Martin Church.
Applicants were limited to the district's Division 1, which generally includes the city of Lodi east of Ham Lane, parts of Acampo and south to Harney Lane.
Interviews will be conducted at specific times:
8:40 a.m.: Mark Beck, who says his vision for the district is to complete Steffani's 10-year plan to install pumps and other infrastructure needed to pump water out of the Mokelumne River and replenish the area's groundwater basin. Beck also pledges to maintain local control of the its water and improve communications with the public.
9:10 a.m.: Neal Colwell, a senior engineer for ECO:LOGIC who has worked with the cities of Lodi and Galt, Lockeford Community Services District, Woodbridge Sanitary District and Stockton East Water District, among others.
9:40 a.m.: Fran Forkas, who cites his 40 years in the water and wastewater field, including 30 years with the city of Lodi.
10:10 a.m.: Larry Mackey is a retired youth correctional counselor with the California Department of Corrections.
10:40 a.m.: Richard Prima, who advocates more information on the newly-created district newsletter, establishing a modest office to maintain records and conduct business, hiring additional part-time employees or contracting with individuals for long-range planning, and increasing communication with neighboring water agencies.
11:10 a.m.: Eileen St. Yves is a property manager who serves on several boards and commissions in Lodi. She says she can provide a different perspective on the board because she is not a farmer. She believes that the needs of city residents should be considered as well as farmers.
11:40 a.m.: Martin Church pledges to preserve water quality as well as quantity to the district.
Tuesday's board meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Lodi Public Library's community room, 201 W. Locust St.