Board of Municipal Utilities

Avon Lake Regional Water is unique among many public utilities. We are governed by an independent board, the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities, which is duly elected by the residents of Avon Lake to establish policy and oversee the water and wastewater treatment operations.


Avon Lake Regional Water is unique among most other water utilities in that our board guides the utility independently, as opposed to other municipalities where the water utility is a department of the city. This independence allows our board to focus on the highly technical, cost heavy, water-centric issues our region faces and act decisively when windows of opportunity present themselves. The Board has five members and meets twice a month, except during summer recess in July and August, when the second and first meetings in those months, respectively, do not take place. Regular meeting times and dates are posted on our website calendar and open to the public.

Click here to read about the complete history of the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities.


Board members are elected to serve four-year terms. Two or three members’ terms expire every two years, and the members must run for re-election. The Board appoints the Chief Utilities Executive and Chief of Utility Operations, who are responsible for management and operations. The utility manages its own personnel and is directly responsible to the residents of Avon Lake for water and sewer service. While they function independently of Avon Lake’s city government, Board members meet regularly with City Officials and cooperate on major projects.


Now showing: the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities. Follow this link to Avon Lake Community Television’s webpage to view full-length Board Meetings or our Board Recap.


Board Member Profiles

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John Dzwonczyk, Board Chair
Contact info: 440-933-6825, jdzwonczyk@avonlakewater.org
Term expires: 2019

Board Experience: Appointed in 2000 to fill the unexpired term of James L. Simmons and elected to the Board in 2003. Serves on the Board Strategic Planning, Wholesale Customer, Board Compensation Committees, and as a Board liaison on the City Council Sewer Committee. Business Experience: President and CEO of JGD Associates Inc., a consulting engineering firm, specializing in the location, design and construction of service stations and fueling facilities for the petroleum industry. Professional Engineer Registration in 36 states.Resident of Avon Lake since 1992. John Dzwonczyk Interview



Rob Berner
Contact info: 440-653-3653, rberner@avonlakewater.org
Term expires: 2019

Board Experience: Selected by Board February 2015 to complete term of exiting board member Ian Hessel. Elected to the Board in 2015 for the 2016-2019 term. Serves as liaison to the city’s Economic Development and Public Service Committees.


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Dana Schnabel
Contact info:
440-930-0450, dschnabel@avonlakewater.org www.facebook.com/danaschnabelforavonlake
Term expires: 2019

Board Experience: Elected in 2015 for the 2016-2019 term. Serves on the Board’s Communications Committee and as liaison for the Board on Avon Lake City Council’s Environmental Committee.  Life/work experience: Wife and mother of three boys. Holds a  bachelor of science in biology and a master of science in genetics. work experience includes work as a research associate, and a high school biology and chemistry teacher. Currently serves as adjunct faculty in the biology department at Cuyahoga Community College. Avon Lake resident since 2008.


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Tim Rush
Contact info:
trush@avonlakewater.org
Term expires: 2017

Board Experience: Elected in 2013, began fulfilling his role on the board in January 2014. Serves as a liaison on the City Council’s Finance, Safety and HR Committees, as well as an alternate for the Board’s Wholesale Customer and LORCO Committees.


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Dave Rickey
Contact info:
drickey@avonlakewater.org
Term expires: December 2017

Board Experience: Appointed in 2014 to fill the unexpired term of Dave Marquard. Serves on the Board’s LORCO and Communications Committees, as well as the city’s Public Utilities Committee and West End Development Commission. Business Experience: Owner and President of North Coast Inspection Services and Pin Oak Development, LLC, with commercial real estate holdings in Avon Lake. Professional Experience: 17 years experience in sales and technical support to the water treatment industry. Avon Lake resident since 1973.


Below, you’ll find the full packets of information sent to the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities before each meeting. Each meeting is spent discussing the items included in each packet


Meeting Minutes tell you what happened at each board meeting. (Note: Minutes are not posted here until they are approved at the following board meeting, two weeks later.)

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