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NID, LOP board elections coming up

While other physicians may spend their free time on the golf course perfecting their swing or sitting in a recliner monitoring reruns of Scrubs, Dr. W. Scott Miller helps people get water.

Scott’s hobby for the past eight years has been serving on the NID board of directors, where he represents Lake of the Pines for Division 3, the area from North Auburn to Alta Sierra. He is seeking re-election to his third term this November.

Scott enjoys the time he spends on local water issues because it provides him with a contrast to the “life-and-death” work he performs as a physician, while still allowing him to apply his diagnostic and listening skills. He also likes to “help people,” which is why he chose his primary profession.

Two issues Scott finds critical to area residents are rates and access costs.

He was successful in convincing other board members to pass along a 0 percent rate increase in 2007. He also voted “No” on a multi-year increase last year. Also, Scott has been working on a new schedule to protect those who provide food ” our local farmers ” from rate increases.

Table Meadow, Rodeo Flat and East Hacienda residents have been organized so their water access costs can be lowered. The board has been working with them on solutions to mitigate the engineering expenses for these and other local groups who want to bring NID services to their properties. Financing resources also have been made available to assist those who are accessing NID’s water.

Dr. Miller runs his own medical practice outside Lake of the Pines. He volunteers as team physician for Bear River High School football games and provides student athletes with annual physicals.

Like Scott Miller, many other community members spend their free time helping others.

LOP board members spend hours working on issues critical to the success of the community. With the recent resignation of two board members, the need for eligible candidates has become crucial. There are five open positions on the board, and candidates are being recruited for the October election.

Tom Edwards, nominating committee chairman, is directing this effort. So far, five LOP members have come forward to run.

Tom is hoping to have at least 10 candidates so members will be able to have a diverse group from which to choose. He feels having “good, qualified statements” for Candidates’ Night would generate the interest needed to achieve a quorum for the election.

Tom sees this election as an opportunity to create a new attitude for the board ” and perhaps shorten the length and frequency of the meetings. This would give younger, working members the chance to serve.

If you are interested in becoming a candidate, file a written notification of desire with the LOP Association by Aug. 27, 2008. Forms are available at the administration office or on

Further questions can be directed to Tom Edwards at 268-2669.


Laura Lavelle’s column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a message at 477-4230.

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