BBWSD welcomes new finance director

Published on Wed, Jan 15, 2014
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The Birch Bay Water and Sewer District welcomed its new finance director Sandi McMillan to the staff in late 2013, and she is now working to keep the district in the black in 2014.

Prior to taking her current position, McMillan was business services supervisor of the Whatcom County Health Department for nine years. She has a finance degree from the Western Washington University College of Business and Economics with a minor in accounting. The Monroe native lives in Ferndale with her husband and four children, where she and her family raise dairy goats.

“I’m loving the job so far,” she said. “There is a great staff of 14 who have been a pleasure to work with, and a lot of 
interesting challenges.”

Those challenges include updating the district’s financial software, managing an annual operating budget of $3.5 million and supporting an $11.6 million capital improvement program over the next 10 years. The capital improvement program will finance continued infrastructure improvement projects such as the head works upgrade at the wastewater treatment plant and completion of the design and permitting for improvements to the waterline along Blaine Road.

The district has over $55 million in fixed assets, including 56 miles of sewer pipe, 11 pump stations and 76 miles of water line. McMillan said the fiscal goals for 2014 include managing rates necessary to provide for the operation and maintenance of those facilities.