FPU board members undergo water and wastewater training to better serve community.

            The Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) Board underwent 12 hours of state-mandated training so they can successfully oversee the financial, policy creation, and other reasonably related duties concerning the water and wastewater systems at FPU. The FPU Board is one of the first boards in the state to complete this training.

            The State of Tennessee recently passed Senate Bill 138 stating the governing body of a municipal utility system that supervises, controls, or operates a public water or sewer systems must meet these required training courses.

            All board members of municipalities, utility systems, or authorities in the state of Tennessee who oversee a water and/or wastewater system will be required to undergo this training. Every individual who is appointed to be a member of the FPU Board must attend the classes within the first year of membership. The new members are required to have 12 hours of training the first year, while all members will have a updated and approved 12 hour course every three years thereafter.

            The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) provided this training to FPU. MTAS was created in 1949 to serve city governments within the state of Tennessee. They offer programs and services to cities in a variety of areas, including training, finance, legal, technical, and municipal management assistance.

            The course topics consisted of financial oversight and budgeting, ethics and policy making, and governance responsibilities. Each board member receives a separate certificate for each course.

            If any board member of a municipality or county fails to complete or receive the required training and does not ask for an extension, they could be referred to the Water and Wastewater Financing Board or become ineligible for reappointment.

            “At FPU, we always strive for excellence.” says CEO/General Manager Britt Dye. “Our board is there to provide support to FPU, so we can serve the community in the best way possible.”