Applications for the Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. board of directors will be available Dec. 1. Anyone interested in running for a board position may pick up an application from the BSU Customer Service Center at 11900 E. Terry St. Completed forms must be returned to the office by 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 31.

Members of the not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative will elect three representatives for three-year terms this spring.

A candidate must be a member and a resident of the area served by BSU, and cannot be related to a current board member. Any individual who receives BSU services through a homeowners or condominium association must furnish written authorization from that association’s board of directors to serve as its designated representative for the entire term.

Ballots will be mailed to BSU members in mid-February and election results will be announced at the utility’s annual meeting Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Incumbents Richard Garner, Lawrence Kosilla and Mike Malloy are eligible to run for reelection. Other board members are Paul J. Attwood, Robert Bachman, Brian Farrar, Vincent J. Marchesani, James Murphy and Ben Nelson.

The nine-member board of directors sets policy for the utility and meets at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. In addition, each board member serves on various committees and task groups, working with the utility’s staff, spending 10 to 20 hours on BSU business each month. Board members receive monthly stipends and are eligible for health insurance coverage.

Bonita Springs Utilities Inc. is a not-for-profit water and wastewater utility cooperative founded by local citizens in 1970. The member-owned utility provides service in the City of Bonita Springs, the Village of Estero and unincorporated South Lee County. The utility is recognized as an industry leader with awards from the American Water Works Association, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Water Environment Association.

For more information, visit the BSU website at www.BSU.us.