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Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District


Michael (Mike) King

Place and length of residence: Minden Resident since 1992 (26 years)

Occupation: Retired United States Army helicopter pilot and Chief Pilot, Nevada Department of Wildlife

Age: 70

Contact Information: skycrane31@hotmail.com

Record of service:

One term as trustee at Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District

Served in United States army 34 years with combat tours in Vietnam and Afghanistan


Numerous US military career courses

Mount San Antonio College, Aviation Management


Military: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Presidential Unit Citation

Civilian: Meritorious Commendation for Valorous Conduct in Rescue of Boat Crew at Sea, 1977 – Phillips Petroleum Company

United States Forest Service commendation for rescue of helicopter firefighting crew presented by Senator Bryan

My Message:

Over the past four years I have worked very hard to learn the job of Trustee on the Minden Gardnerville Sanitation District. This includes studying complex issues in preparation for monthly public meetings and considering the issues with a common sense analytical approach. I believe that the remarkable success of MGSD is due to the wisdom of past trustees and the continuing hard work of dedicated employees. We have the highest standards of service while maintaining rates that are a fraction in comparison to Douglas County. I plan to continue this tradition.

Our community is now experiencing rapid growth which demands a practiced hand and dedicated mind that will ensure that our high standards continue. Looking to the future I’m especially concerned about the rehabilitation of our collection system, (sewer lines). With the sky rocketing cost of construction and tight labor I want to empower MGSD ‘s staff to share an increased but reasonable role to save money. MGSD is debt free with adequate financial reserves, but thoughtful long range planning is essential.

I am non-partisan. I make every decision with the best interests of all residents. I assure you that whether you are a member of the business community or a retiree living on a fixed income, I will continue to do my very best to safeguard your long-term financial future.

Mary Schilling

Place of Residence: Kittyhawk, Gardnerville

Occupation: Retired work part time doing elder care

Age: 78

Lived in the Valley since 1978

Record of service: Foster parent done a lot of training in that area.

Worked for Bently for 10 years was a assembly line supervisor


Attended high school in Missouri, Ended up in San Jose until husband got a job with Bently,


I was interested in becoming involved, so I walked into the courthouse, and signed up on the last day, It was the last couple of hours, I just wandered in to investigate and they told me ‘today’s the deadline.’ It was just kind of a thing I did.

Ted Thran

Place of Residence: 1752 Fir Tree Cir Minden, NV

Occupation: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at Carson Valley Accounting

Age: 55 – Born and raised in the Carson Valley as was my Father and Grandfather.

Contact info:


Email TedThranCPa@gmail.com

Incumbency: I would be new to the MGSD Board.

Prior Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer 2008 to 2014

Education: Douglas High School 1981 – Valedictorian – 4.0 GPA

University of Nevada-Reno with a Bachelors of Science in Business – Accounting Major Graduated in 1986

Record of Service:

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Ambassador 2011 to present

Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors July 2014 to present

Douglas County Education Foundation

Project Santa Clause

Family Support Council 1992-1999 and 2013 – 2016

Carson Valley Kiwanis 2005 – 2009

CVGSA Coach 2001,2003 and 2004

Carson Valley Hurricanes Travel Softball Team Coach 2005 to 2008

Carson Valley Hotshots Travel Softball Team Coach 2008-2010

Head coach Douglas High School JV softball team 2007- to 2010

Platform: As your MGSD Board Trustee I will continue to exercise sensitive professional and moral judgments, in the public interest, at the highest level of integrity, by being objective and independent ,using due care and having honorable behavior even if it hurts me. I will be creative and innovative in providing the best customer service to the public and at the same time saving the public tax dollars. I intend to have all policies and procedures reviewed to improve efficiencies. Additionally I will ask for a full rate review done by a professional rate reviewer to insure all rates are correct and investigate ways to finance connection fees making it affordable for new businesses.

Ray Wilson

Place of residence: Minden

Occupation: Retired City of Pasadena

Fire Dept. Task Force Commander

Age: 84

Contact Information: 782-3728

P O Box 309, Minden, NV 89423


Community Service: Incumbent: MGSD Trustee

8 years, Minden Town Board member 24 years,

Tahoe Douglas Elks Lodge #2670

Education: A degree in fire science from Mt. San

Antonio College. Taught fire science at Pasadena

City College, Santa Ana College, and Mt. San

Antonio College and hold lifetime teaching credentials.

Honors: City of Pasadena Employee of the Year

1968 & 1969 (out of 2,700 employees). When I retired from the Minden Town Board after 24 years (5 times chairman), I was honored with a plaque and mantel clock with the following inscription:

“The Honorable Mayor of Minden, fierce defender of the citizens of Minden.” One of the founding members of the Sierra Amateur Radio Club of Douglas County.

Platform: I will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the founding fathers of MGSD. They were Daniel Hellwinkel, Louis Neddenriep, Victor Pedrojetti, Jerome Etchegoyhen, and Lenoard Anker. Their combined 144 years of service as trustees of MGSD set the foundation of low rates and fiscal responsibility for the customers in the towns of Minden and Gardnerville and the Garnerville Ranchos. I believe fiscal responsibility is a major part of this job. That’s why we have the lowest rates in the state.

We have increased unrestricted cash by 446% and no tax increase since 1990 for the district. The one rate increase since 1998 was in 2012 and I voted against it. I felt we could have greater efficiency in our work schedule. If our current rate was raised to match that of Douglas County our rate payers would have a 600% increase.

A co-generation system at the plant uses by-products from its processing to generate electricity and gas. The monthly savings for the rate payers is more than $10,000. Our current annual operating budget is approximately $2 million. We live within our income and show some annual savings. In August, 2016 I asked our staff to look into

10 year and 20 year long range planning. We have begun to dedicate $500,000 a year toward those goals without bonds or rate raises for rate payers.

In 1990 the State Legislature allowed MGSD to operate like a business. As chairman for the past 4 years with vast business experience, that is what the Board has done.

The editorial in the August, 12, 2015 Record Courier titled, “Don’t mess with what works” stated that we were one district that functions the way it was designed.