Diane Pottinger Appointed to Washington State Public Works Board

Diane Pottinger SmShoreline Water District, a special purpose district serving residents of Shoreline and Lake Forest Park, is proud to announce their General Manager, Diane Pottinger, PE, has accepted Governor Inslee’s invitation to join Washington State’s Public Works Board.

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Last spring, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave a statewide report card “C” grade to Washington state’s infrastructure, due to the lack of planned and guaranteed funding and inadequate maintenance reported across a number of different categories.

Washington State’s Public Works Board seeks to change that grade with a nationally recognized infrastructure funding program offering progressive, sustainable and affordable strategies to meet the public health, environment and economic development needs of Washington communities.

“We are thrilled to have Diane represent our District—not only on local issues in the Lake Forest Park and Shoreline communities—but to also to state legislators. We are confident that her enthusiasm and energy will help legislators make sound decisions that ensure well-functioning drinking water, sewer, storm water and solid waste infrastructures.”

– Shoreline Water District’s Board President, Larry Schoonmaker.

During her four year term, Ms. Pottinger will work closely with 12 other Board members to review financing applications, create the Public Works Trust Fund Construction Loan list, tour financed projects, attend workshops, conferences, and meetings on behalf of the Board, and participate in training courses related to infrastructure issues.

Together, their goal will be to create a world class system of services that allows a community to access both financial and technical resources that lead to sustaining their infrastructure systems. Public Works Board members receive no compensation for their involvement and meet monthly throughout the year.

Ms. Pottinger’s background and experience was key to her appointment: as the District Manager at Shoreline Water District, she oversees an annual operating budget of approximately $5 million. She has helped the District participate in 3 public private partnerships and two state revolving fund loans in 2012 in order to keep water rates affordable. She has a first-hand understanding of sewer and water infrastructure due to her extensive engineering background with CHS Engineers, LLC, Trihey & Associates, R.W. Beck, and the United States Army. She is also a member of the Shoreline Breakfast Rotary and the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce.

Says Ms. Pottinger…

“I feel deeply honored to our State’s Board of Public Works, and am particularly excited about the opportunities to apply my local insight and experience towards an expanded regional outreach in our state’s infrastructure.”

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