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Board of Directors2020-08-04T16:53:10-05:00

Public Information

The Lower Neches Valley Authority was created when the Texas Legislature passed a Comprehensive Act in 1933. As a water conservation and reclamation district, Lower Neches Valley Authority is a non-profit agency of the State of Texas with no power to levy or collect taxes of any kind. The Authority is funded by revenue from the sale of both raw and treated water to municipal, industrial and agricultural customers.

The Lower Neches Valley Authority is the local sponsor for three Corps of Engineers projects: Sam Rayburn Reservoir, B.A. Steinhagen Reservoir, and the Neches River Saltwater Barrier. The Authority also operates the North Regional Treatment Plant for industrial waste treatment, and the West Regional Water Treatment System for the production and distribution of potable water.

OUR OPERATIONS ARE GOVERNED BY A NINE-MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTED BY THE GOVERNOR OF TEXAS

2020 Directors and Officers

With a jurisdictional area that includes all of Jefferson, Hardin and Tyler Counties and parts of Liberty and Chambers Counties, the Lower Neches Valley Authority is committed to developing and managing a system which will meet the present and long term freshwater needs of municipal, agricultural and industrial consumers, to protecting its quality, to insuring its affordability, and establishing conditions which will enhance economic development throughout the Authority’s area of jurisdiction.

The operations of Lower Neches Valley Authority are governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Texas. The directors are residents of the area and serve six-year terms. The Authority has 120 employees for operations and the execution of Board policies and programs.

Jeanie Turk, President
Jeanie Turk, PresidentHardin County
Appointed: December 21, 2015

Director Jeanie Turk of Sour Lake is the owner and broker of two REMAX offices. She is a member of the Houston Association of Realtors, Texas Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors and the Graduate Realtor Institute. Additionally, she is a graduate of Leadership Southeast Texas and current chair of the Hardin County W.C.I.D # 1 Flood and Drainage Committee. She also served in the late 70s and early 80s on the Hardin-Jefferson School Board. She has worked on regional economic development and served on the Hardin County Airport Board. Turk attended Louisiana State University and Lamar University.

Kal A. Kinkaid, Vice President
Kal A. Kinkaid, Vice PresidentJefferson County
Appointed: June 29, 2018

President of Gulf Coast, a CRH company. In addition to serving on the LNVA Board as vice president, he also participates on the boards of the Greater Beaumont Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, and Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas.

Through his role at Gulf Coast (a heavy civil / highway and bridge contractor, formerly APAC-Texas, Inc.), he is involved in many industry related trade associations (AGC, ABC, TXAPA, etc.) at both a local and statewide level.

Kal and his wife (Lisa) are lifelong residents of the Beaumont area, and have one daughter (Kara Michael) and one granddaughter.

Lonnie B. Grissom, Secretary
Lonnie B. Grissom, SecretaryTyler County
Appointed: December 21, 2015

Director Lonnie Grissom of Woodville is president of Golden Pine, Inc. He is a board member for the Texas Forestry Association. He is a former board member for Woodville Independent School District and the Woodville Rotary Club. Grissom joined the United States Army after graduation from Kirby High School and received an honorable discharge after 4 years of service.

William D. Voigtman (Bill), Treasurer
William D. Voigtman (Bill), TreasurerHardin County
Appointed: April 30, 2018

General Manager of Republic Services and Golden Triangle Landfill in Beaumont.
He is a past President of the Silsbee Chamber of Commerce, past Advisory Council member of Leadership Southeast Texas, former member of the Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department, former Board Member of the Silsbee Little Theatre, lifetime member of Young Men’s Business League in Beaumont and current Council Chairman for First United Methodist Church in Silsbee. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management from Texas State University.

Ivy Pate, Director
Ivy Pate, DirectorJefferson County
Appointed: June 13, 2014

Jefferson County, President CHRISTUS Health Foundation Southeast Texas

Pate also serves as the Regional Vice President of CHRISTUS Health Southeast Texas. She was appointed by Governor Abbot in 2014.

In addition to serving on the board for LNVA she also serves on the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and is an active member in the Rotary Club of Beaumont. She also served as a legislative aide to: State Representative Mark Stiles; State Comptroller Bob Bullock; and Senator Roy Blake. In addition, she served as the coordinator for the Deep East Texas County Commissioners and Judges Association, giving a voice to rural areas in state government.

Steve Lucas, Director
Steve Lucas, DirectorJefferson County
Appointed: December 21, 2015

Market President, Allegiance Bank.

Reappointed to the LNVA Board of Directors by Governor Abbot in 2018. He also serves on the Board of Directors – Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Inc., is a graduate of Leadership Beaumont and Leadership Southeast Texas. He is also a proud Lamar alumni.

His family moved to Southeast Texas in 1973, and he has made this area his home since then. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Robin, they have two sons and recently welcomed their first grandchild in 2019. If you can’t find him at the bank he can be found enjoying his 1965 Chevrolet truck.

Charles Spurlock (Caleb), Director
Charles Spurlock (Caleb), DirectorTyler County
Appointed: June 13, 2014

Director Spurlock of Woodville is a dentist and owner of C. Caleb Spurlock, DDS, PLLC. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and the Dental Society of Southeast Texas. Additionally, he is a member and past president of the Woodville Lions Club and a former city councilman for the City of Woodville. Spurlock attended Texas A&M University and Lamar University and received a Doctor of Dental Surgery from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Clint A. Mitchell, Director
Clint A. Mitchell, DirectorJefferson County
Appointed: April 30, 2018

Clint Mitchell of Nederland is the operations complex manager for Valero Port Arthur Refinery. He is a member and past president of the Mid-County Noon Optimist and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

James M. Scott, Director
James M. Scott, DirectorJefferson County
Appointed: December 18, 2019

Director Scott, of Beaumont, is president of Trans-Global Solutions, Inc. He is the current chairman of the Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners and treasurer of the Baytown & West Chambers County Economic Development Foundation. Additionally, he is vice president of the Gay D. & William F. Scott Foundation and board member of the Baytown Chamber of Commerce. Scott received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.

2020 Committees

Executive

  • Jeanie Turk, Chair
  • Kal Kincaid
  • Lonnie Grissom
  • Bill Voigtman

Finance

  • Bill Voigtman, Chair
  • Lonnie Grissom
  • Steve Lucas
  • Caleb Spurlock

Operations

  • Clint Mitchell, Chair
  • James Scott
  • Kal Kincaid
  • Steve Lucas

Personnel

  • Ivy Pate, Chair
  • Steve Lucas
  • Clint Mitchell

Long Term/Strategic Planning

  • Bill Voigtman, Chair
  • Kal Kincaid
  • Ivy Pate
  • James Scott

Legislative

  • Caleb Spurlock, Chair
  • Ivy Pate
  • Lonnie Grissom

2020 Industrial Development Corporation

Directors & Officers

  • PRESIDENT – Steve Lucas
  • SECRETARY/TREASURER – Lonnie Grissom

Financing Program

In addition to the North Regional Treatment System, LNVA has issued over $200 million in bonds to construct other water and air environmental improvement facilities. LNVA has also financed several manufacturing and service facilities withing its district, which generates employment and expands commercial activities.

Meetings

Meetings 2020

DateTypeAgenda
January 21, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda
February 18, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda
March 09, 2020Executive Committee Agenda
March 13, 2020Operations Committee Agenda
March 17, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda
April 21, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda
May 19, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda
June 09, 2020 Operations CommitteeAgenda
July 16, 2020Long Term-Strategic Planning CommitteeAgenda
July 21, 2020Board of DirectorsAgenda

2020 Water Rates Schedule

Water Rates Schedule 2020

20192020
1,000 gallonsAcre Foot1,000 gallonsAcre FootRate Change% Change
Contracted
Spot Purchase (3)$4.00$1,304.00$4.1000$1,336.00$0.102.5%
Industrial - Contracted (1)$0.40$130.34$0.4100$133.60$0.012.5%
Municipal - Contracted (1)$0.30$97.76$0.3075$100.20$0.012.5%
Excess Municipal & Industrial$0.80$260.68$0.8200$267.20$0.022.5%
Mining - Reservoir $1.20$391.02$1.2300$400.80$0.032.5%
Mining Excess Rate$2.40$782.04$2.4600$801.60$0.062.5%
Agriculture Water
Rice Irrigation Rate (2)$0.10$32.60$0.1025$33.40$0.802..5%
Crawfish Water$0.10$32.60$0.1025$33.40$0.802.5%
Ag-Rice Crop$0.10$32.60$0.1025$33.40$0.802.5%
Ag-Turf/Hay/Leveling/Livestock, other$0.10$32.60$0.1025$33.40$0.802.5%
Other
Reservation Rate - Industry$0.20$65.20$0.2050$66.80$0.012.5%
Reservation Rate-Municipality$0.15$48.90$0.1500$48.90$0.000%
Duck Water (Recreation)$86.50/Acre$865 min$88.66/Acre$886.63 min$0.002.5%
Potable Water (Bolivar SUD)$88,195 /Month
$0.90 /1,000 gal.
$88,195 /Month
$0.90 /1,000 gal.
$0
$0
0%
0%
North Regional Water Treatment100% Cost Reimbursement100% Cost Reimbursement
Plus: Management Fee$7,500 /Month$7,500 /Month$00%
30% of Operating Labor (Est.)$44,627 /Month$47,733 /Month$3,1067%
Allocation of Overhead$21,442 /Month$22,250 /Month$8083.8%
(1) $200 per month minimum; Plus Fuel Surcharge when Natural Gas rate exceeds $4.00 per MMBTU
(2) consumption of 3.50 acre-feet per acre farmed on unmetered 1st crop rice fields and consumption of 1.50 acre-feet per acre farmed on unmetered 2nd crop rice fields.
(3) In 2019, the spot purchase is split from the excess rate

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find river flood information for my area?2019-01-09T14:03:12-06:00

The National Weather Service offers flood forecasting on their site.

Where can I find information on water conditions on the Neches River?2019-01-09T15:21:42-06:00

For river flow information and links to area emergency management offices visit Southeast Texas R.A.I.N.

How can I find out how much water is being released from the dams?2019-01-09T10:41:50-06:00

Visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District website to access the Reservoir Release Report. This report will detail the most recent lake elevations and releases.

What are the reasons for application rejection?2018-07-05T15:28:47-05:00

Here are some of the common reasons for rejections.  (These reasons do not represent all of the reasons that applicants are not selected for interviews.)

  • Application does not clearly show you have the necessary experience/training as stated on the job announcement.
  • Application does not show you have the minimum amount of education required.
  • Application is incomplete.
  • Application is not signed.
  • Application is received after deadline date/time.
How long is my application kept on file?2018-07-05T15:27:27-05:00

If not chosen for the position you apply for, your properly completed application will remain in effect for ninety days for the position for which you applied and if your background and qualifications meet Lower Neches Valley Authority’s requirements for that position. We do not “reactivate” applications. If you wish to apply for another position, you must fill out a new application.

How long does the hiring process take?2018-07-30T16:27:03-05:00

Every effort is made to reach a prompt decision.  The length of time depends on the number of applications received for the position and the nature of the position.

Will I be interviewed when I pick up or drop off my employment application?2018-07-05T15:25:59-05:00

No.  You will be notified at a later date if you have been selected for an interview.

How do I obtain a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License)?2018-07-05T15:25:01-05:00

Contact the Texas Department of Public Safety.

When and where are pre-employment tests given?2018-07-05T15:24:19-05:00

Tests are given only when we have a position posted that requires such testing.  Applicants meeting the requirements of the position will be contacted for a testing appointment.  (Length of time to complete tests varies, but average 2-3 hours.)  Tests are administered at the administrative office building, Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (includes the lunch hour).  Occasionally, a skills test is administered for equipment operation, welding, etc. Such tests are administered at other locations determined by the department.

What is the selection process?2018-07-05T15:23:06-05:00

After the closing date of the particular job vacancy, an application submitted by an applicant as defined above, will be reviewed by the HR Department and/or the designated department manager or supervisor.  Applications received by applicants who do not meet the definition of applicant will not be considered.  The HR Department determines which qualified applicants will be selected for testing and/or interviewed.  If you are selected for a position with LNVA, your offer of employment will be contingent upon the following:  Criminal record, employment history and personal background checks, drug screen and a physical examination (if applicable).

Will I be notified of the status of my application?2018-07-05T15:22:11-05:00

Applications received by applicants who do not meet the definition of applicant will not be considered.  If the applicant is selected for testing or for an interview, they will be contacted by text, email, and/or phone.  Often an applicant will only be aware whether or not they have been selected for an interview after the job posting has ended.

Definition of Applicant2018-07-05T15:20:49-05:00

You will be considered to be an “Applicant” only if you properly complete the application for employment, designate a particular position that is open (or may come open within 90 days,) and your background and qualifications meet Lower Neches Valley Authority’s requirements for such position.

How many jobs can I apply for?2018-07-05T15:19:45-05:00

You can apply for as many jobs as there are current openings; however, a separate and completed employment application is required for each position for which you are applying.

How do I apply for jobs that are not advertised?2018-07-05T15:18:39-05:00

We do not accept unsolicited resumes.  Additionally, applications are only accepted for positions that are currently posted.

Does the HR Department accept faxed/emailed applications?2018-07-05T15:17:45-05:00

Employment applications should be mailed (must be received on or before the stated deadline) or dropped off for the attention of Human Resources Department at the LNVA administrative office building.  An application may be faxed (409) 924-3194, but the applicant should also provide an original, signed application if selected for testing and/or an interview.

Do I need a resume?2018-07-30T17:36:35-05:00

No. Resumes are not considered a part of the qualifying process; however, a resume may be attached as additional information to your completed LNVA employment application.  Resumes may also be brought to the interview.  A resume may also be helpful to you in completing the LNVA employment application.

What documents should I bring when I apply for a position?2018-07-05T15:15:55-05:00

No documents are required for applying for a position unless otherwise stated in the job announcement.  You will need to fully complete the employment application, which includes employment history, education and training, special skills, references, and various information related to employment eligibility.

If you are selected for testing or an interview, copies of required certifications, registrations and/or licenses must be provided at that time.  Additionally, college transcripts are required prior the interview, if you want your post secondary courses/degrees to be considered in the selection process.

How do I find out the minimum qualifications for positions?2018-07-05T15:13:45-05:00

Visit our web page www.LNVA.dst.tx.us.  All employment announcements will list the level of education and/or experience required for the position under the section titled “Minimum Qualifications”.  Experience, education, training, skills and other abilities as well as specific position requirements and the prior employment history of the applicant will be considered in appraising individuals qualifications.  Applicants’ qualifications will be based upon the information presented in the application.  Testing for certain positions may also be required, and this information will be used as part of the qualification process.

How can I apply for jobs?2018-07-05T15:12:36-05:00
  • Visit the LNVA website and print an application.
  • Pick up an application at the administrative office building.
  • Request an application be emailed to you.  (An email address and printer are required for this option.)
  • Request an application be mailed to you.

Completed applications must be returned to the Human Resources by the stated deadline.

Where do we advertise open jobs?2018-07-05T15:11:43-05:00

On the LNVA website www.lnva.dst.tx.us and on the Job Bulletin Board at the administrative office building.

How often do we advertise open jobs?2018-07-05T15:03:18-05:00

LNVA will advertise positions when they become open.

What types of positions are available with the LNVA?2018-07-05T15:02:21-05:00

Full-time – includes Board approved benefit package

Full time temporary and part time temporary – LNVA uses local employment agencies for temporary positions.

What are the office hours of the administrative office?2018-07-05T14:59:29-05:00

The administrative office building is open:

Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open during the lunch hour)

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (open during lunch hour)

Where is the Human Resources Office located?2018-07-05T14:58:26-05:00

The Human Resources office is located in the Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA) administrative office building.

 7850 Eastex Freeway

Beaumont, TX  77708

DISCLAIMER

The following data is being made available by Lower Neches Valley Authority and has been collected by United States Geological Survey (USGS), National Ocean Survey (NOS), Lamar University Beaumont (LUB), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and Lower Neches Valley Authority (LNVA), and is furnished “as is”. The data has not been quality controlled and may contain errors. LNVA makes no warranties (including no warranties as to merchantability or fitness) either expressed or implied with respect to the data or its fitness for any specific application.

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