(Posted May 19, 2014)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
T.J. Dwyer is resigning from the London Board of Public Utilities (BPU), effective June 30. Mayor David Eades appointed Herb Eades as Dwyer’s replacement.
BPU oversees the operation of London’s water, wastewater (sewer), and sanitation (waste pickup and recycling) departments.
Herb Eades is a lifelong resident of Madison County. He worked for Delphi, a division of General Motors, in Columbus for 38 years. He served as manager in the tool and die area, then as senior manufacturing engineer. In the course of his duties, he oversaw multi-million dollar budgets and assisted with union contract negotiations.
As for his interest in the BPU position, Eades said, “I want to help with the continuous improvement of the services we provide.”
Eades’ previous civic service includes a stint on the London Tree Commission.
Dwyer has served on BPU for 14 years, the last 18 months of which as chairman.
“It’s time to clear out and let new people in,” he said of his decision to step down.
In assessing the status of London’s utilities, Dwyer said the sewer plant is in good shape, has an excellent operator and plenty of capacity.
“As for water, we’re in the beginning stages of adding a second plant, which we desperately need,” he said, adding that the water storage tower should be done by next summer. The entire plant is slated for completion by early 2017.
Regarding sanitation, Dwyer said fees have remained the same since about 2005.
“We’re at the point now where we have to start charging more…How much and in what way, we’re not sure yet,” he said.
The other two members of BPU are Bill Blazer and Stan Kavy, both of whom have served on the board since January 2013.