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Posted on: March 1, 2020

Commissioners' Corner (Issue 186)

Laura Belvin

Greetings to all Lakehaven customers and employees! I am honored to serve as your newly appointed commissioner. My term started in January, and I’ve been busy meeting employees, touring facilities, and doing commission business. I am so happy to be serving in my field of training (with my master’s degrees in water civil engineering and public administration) for the benefit of our community. 

I wanted to be a commissioner because I am passionate about water: my family loves swimming, boating, canoeing, hiking and camping near streams and beaches. It was also my chosen field of training, as hydrology and hydraulics are the emphasis of my civil engineering degrees, and the focus of my professional engineering work. I am excited to be serving in this field, and to bring an engineering perspective to the Board. We all can be grateful for the often unseen efforts of good engineering and planning for the reliable water and sewer service that we all enjoy. As a commissioner, I hope to help continue that legacy. 

I also value learning and helping others to learn. I teach, have recently obtained a new degree in public administration, and have founded a non-profit education service. I believe that the more people understand about something (including their water and sewer service) the more they will appreciate it and contribute to making it better. As a commissioner, I would like to promote opportunities for learning about the utility through our schools and community gatherings. 

I also have a passion for serving. I’ve been involved serving our community through leading various non-profit organizations for over thirty years. Recently I have been active chairing the Federal Way Park’s Commission, singing in a regional choir that does benefit concerts, and helping my son’s Boy Scout troop. Serving builds community and increases appreciation, communication, connectedness and understanding. I encourage everyone to give at least an hour of their week volunteering and participating in community activities. 

I appreciate the fact that our water and sewer is provided by a non-profit special purpose government, instead of a private company. Commissioners lead the utility as public servants. All of your commissioners live in the District, and are motivated to provide great service and maintain our assets with reasonable rates. 

I love Federal Way, having lived and raised six kids here for over 30 years. I would love to meet you and hear from you. You can call the office to schedule an appointment. The public is always welcome at our board meetings in the Lakehaven Center (by the French Lake Dog Park) on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 6:00 p.m.

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