On November 19, 2010, I wrote this story about my visit with Martha Van Rooijen, an expert in the business of sewers. I was pleased the HDWD decided to hire this professional back then.
Yucca Valley, Ca.-At a recent meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, the Board was spending money and dipping into the District’s thin money reserves. One item on this spending agenda was the hiring of Martha Van Rooijen, owner of MVR Consulting, which is a good thing. That evening I spoke in favor of this decision to bring in a professional and stated I wish she would have been called into the Waste water and Sewer project earlier.
As I see it, we could have saved money by hiring an expert in this field early on to keep this ‘Sewer Football’ moving down the field. Using football lingo to describe Martha, she is the #1 Quarterback having experience in grant writing, project management and public outreach.
I only hope it isn’t a case of a last minute “Hail Mary” or rather, “Hail Martha” winding down the 50 yard line heading toward the goal post. Martha has over 20 years of project management experience and her recent project was The Cove right here in Cathedral City. Her credentials and accomplishments are lengthy and very impressive.
My first contact with Martha was two years ago by telephone and we spent three hours talking Sewers! Not your normal Girl Talk! Later that month, my husband and I made arrangements to spend a day with her in the sewer project of The Cove for an overview of the enormous undertaking of installing the laterals and connecting to the main line.
The trenching equipment is huge with steel walls over one foot thick to support the trenches. I asked my husband to stand next to some of the equipment for reference to size….as most of you know, my Bob is a big guy!
Here are a few photos and I will write more about some of the concerns of The Cove project in my next post on Cactus Thorns. 45-52-29 Hut! Hut!
Visit Martha’s website: www.mvrconsulting.com
YouTube link to Los Osos project: One day compressed to 3:41 minutes: LINK
Update: According to the recent meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District on June 5, 2013, the Board of Directors voted to award a contract with CV Strategies, a public relations firm for $56,000. While I am impressed with their education and experience in the news media, I did not see any experience dealing specfically with sewer issues on their resume. It is my opinion, this decision will set back our sewer project to accommodate for the necessary learning curve. HDWD Agenda >LINK
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