Bingham appointed to Duck River Development Agency

Friday, March 27, 2015

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

Lewisburg's mayor, Jim Bingham, has been appointed to the Tennessee Duck River Development Agency. His term runs until Dec. 31, 2016.

"In the thorough, aggressive search for candidates, your individual characteristics and professional qualifications were exceptional among the number of nominees who expressed interest," wrote Gov. Bill Haslam when he confirmed the appointment in a letter dated March 18.

"I consider it very important to ensure that Tennessee's boards and commissions are filled with the most dedicated and qualified citizens," Haslam continued.

"I believe that your participation is certain to leave a positive impact on this board and the work it does."

In a prepared statement Bingham wrote, "I am grateful for the confidence Gov. Haslam has shown by appointing me to this very important board."

"For several years I have praised those unknown individuals who had the wisdom and forethought to construct a raw water line from Lewisburg to the Duck River. This occurred in the 1940s and because of the courage of these individuals, we have a city that supplies water to our residences, businesses and industries. It is important that we safeguard one of our most important resources."

"It is my hope that I as a board member will also make beneficial contributions for present and future generations."

The Tennessee Duck River Development Agency was created by the General Assembly in 1965 as a comprehensive regional development agency.

Its powers include the "control and development of the water resources" of the Duck River watershed in Marshall, Bedford, Maury, Coffee and Hickman counties.

In 1998, the DRDA Board of Directors adopted this mission statement: "To develop, protect and sustain a clean and dependable water resource for all citizens of the Duck River region."

The Agency is governed by a 17-member board of directors appointed by the governor. Their next quarterly meeting will be on April 23 in the Conference Lodge at Henry Horton State Park, starting with a work session at 4 p.m. and followed by the board meeting at 5 p.m.

Lewisburg Water and Wastewater Department is a member of the Duck River Agency Technical Advisory Committee, and the Marshall County Board of Public Utilities is an associate member.