Algoma Sanitary District History
The Algoma Sanitary District was established in 1969 and has provided municipal sanitary sewer service throughout the Town of Algoma since 1978. Although parts of the township’s east side were annexed to the City of Oshkosh, most remained in our Sanitary District. We expanded to a voluntary water utility in 2003, providing safe drinking water to much of the Town of Algoma and the Town of Omro. Today we have over 3,000 sewer connections and over 1,100 water connections.
To provide safe drinking water and sewer services to the residents served by the Sanitary District.
We strive to be the lowest cost, highest quality provider of municipal sewer and water services in the Fox Valley.
- Build infrastructure for the long-term cost benefit instead of the short-term benefit.
- Provide uninterrupted service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Have quick, accurate emergency response.
- Keep our customer base well informed.
- Quickly address new issues as they arise with long-term solutions.
- Ensure multiple electricity sources and fail-safe back-up plans and processes. Minimize steps to obtain and maintain service.
Our Core Values
Quality: Extremely high levels of quality maintenance and materials through the system.
Customers: Consistent high level of customer service to residents and developers.
Staff: Recruit and retain employees with consistent positive “can do” attitudes and reward them for superior performance.
Our board is made up of three elected commissioners that serve six-year terms. Our utility staff consists of the director, three operators and two office personnel. We are here to serve you and answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us.
Jim Savinski, President
I have lived in the Town of Algoma with my wife, Vickie, since 1991. Eventually our two children left us empty nesters, but our daughter and our two grandchildren live in the neighboring subdivision, while our son and his wife live in Oshkosh, WI.
I served three terms on the Algoma Town Board, chaired the town’s Parks Committee for more than a dozen years, and served on and chaired the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force, worked in sanitary design for five years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources after 31 years as a Wastewater Engineer. I look forward to serving as your commissioner on the Sanitary District and welcome your input at any time. You may reach me at email@example.com or at (920) 426-3755.
Chad Hayes, Secretary
My wife, Karen, and I have a son, Jonah, and we have lived in the Town of Omro for over 12 years. We are active volunteers for the Omro Music Parent Association, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, and various other committees. I am also an adjunct professor at Fox Valley Technical College where I teach an IT class. I served on the Omro Sanitary District Board prior to joining the Algoma Sanitary District Board in 2012.
After 20 years of working in the IT field for Midwest Airlines, Aurora Health Care and Navitus Health Solutions, my wife and I purchased a business called Live Wire Communications, and are now small business owners. Being a small business owner and having the experience working in large corporations gives me a unique perspective that I bring to the board.
Peter Cernohous, Treasurer
My wife, Bonita (Bonnie), and I have lived in the Town of Algoma since 2005. We have two children, our daughter, Cassandra, and her husband, Josh, and our son, Kyle, and his wife, Emily, who is expecting our first grandchild.
I recently retired as principal of Oshkosh West High School. I worked for over 32 years in education, with the last 19 in the Oshkosh School District. Education administration has been a big part of those years, and I have also worked with youth as an athletic coach. Locally, I was a member of Oshkosh Can, DARE, and Partners in Education, and I am currently assisting at UW-Oshkosh in the Education Department.
Professionally, I belong to a number of national and state organizations associated with education. This is my first experience serving in public office on the Algoma Sanitary District Commission, and I am willing to learn about the importance of this office. I am definitely here to serve the residents of the Town of Algoma and the Town of Omro, and I can be contacted at any time. The best way to reach me is by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kevin Mraz, Utility Director
It has been my honor to be the Utility Director for the Algoma Sanitary District for more than 15 years. Starting with creating and developing the Water Utility, I have since facilitated the consolidation with the former Omro Sanitary District in 2012 and look forward to seeing both towns grow and develop in the future.
I currently hold Wastewater Operator and Municipal Waterworks and Wastewater Operator licenses. I am also an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA), West Side Association and Wisconsin Towns Association.
I love hearing from residents and look forward to meeting with them to address their immediate and future needs. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Water / Wastewater Operators
The Water/Wastewater Operation staff includes Dan Benson, Michael Humbert, and Ethan Firgens. All our operators hold a state certified Municipal Waterworks and Wastewater Operator certification. Our staff continually monitors the water and wastewater infrastructure to make sure that everything is working properly. They also continually monitor the level of water and wastewater flow and look for leaks in the system to minimize costs to the residents.
When you call the Algoma Sanitary District office, Sara or Mike will help with your request or question. Whether you have questions about permits, billing or property assessments, they are available to help you. They also prepare the District’s monthly financial reports and document minutes from the District’s monthly meetings, as well as process receipts, accounts payable checks, and payroll.