Board of Directors

Board Members : Agendas : Minutes


Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is a Colorado Special District that is governed by an elected five-member Board of Directors for the purpose of providing water and sanitation services to District customers. Monthly meetings are held to conduct District business and are open to the public.


The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District regular Board of Directors meetings are held:

Meeting notices are posted at the District office and Web Site.

Special Meetings are also held from time to time. In addition to the regular postings, Special Meeting notices will be posted at the following locations:


Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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Board Members

To contact our Directors, please email

Lynn Drake
Term: 2016-2020
I moved to Crestone with my husband 22 years ago. We designed and built our own home in the Baca and I began learning a new career as a ceramic artist .I ran a successful art studio and gallery in downtown Crestone for 5 years, working to share the joys of ceramics with the community. At that time I worked with the Charter School in their mentorship program, I taught home school kids, had a after school program for teens and a membership program for adults.  I now have a new studio at my home and continue to create art that is included in many international collections.
Previously, we lived in Santa Fe for 18 years and ran a successful high end tailoring business. I have been self-employed for most of my life and enjoy the challenges of creating new directions. Born and raised as a child of a diplomat, new places and people were an exciting part of my life and still are.
Joining the water board is important to me. Water is our most important resource for life. With the dwindling supply of good clean water in the world, I hope to continue working for our community for a good safe, clean, and most importantly, an affordable water source.

Robert Salmi

I am retiring from a long career in public service in the water and wastewater field. I have managed cities and in my retirement years it would help to give public service to the area that my wife and I have decided we are making our home.

As far as applicable background:
I have an associate degree in Water, Wastewater Technology from Bay de Noc Community College back in 1973.

In the past I have been:
  • A licensed wastewater plant operator in Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan.
  •  I held a license as a water operator in Michigan and Wisconsin.
  • A water laboratory director in Michigan.
  • Wastewater Plant Manager for the Village of Ephraim, WI
  • Superintendent of Wastewater for the Village of Woodland, MI
  • Public Works Director for the City of Darlington, WI
  • Appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin to the Coastal Management Council for the State of Wisconsin. (Not the current gov. the democrat that preceded him)
  • Director of Public Works for the City of Salida, CO

One of the areas that I worked hardest at was the conservation of energy in the Water and Wastewater Plants that I was charged with.

John Loll
Term: 2018-2022

John has had a lifelong commitment to community service, environmental protection, and social justice.  In his early years after college he worked with a wide range of groups and organizations that were devoted to these causes.   

Before moving to Colorado in 2003, John lived in California for approximately 30 years where he was the Transit Manager for the Marin County Transit District in charge of fixed route bus service, ride sharing, and van services for elderly and disabled passengers.  He also served in the County’s Emergency Operations Center and was responsible for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance efforts.   

Previous to John's employment with the County, he worked at the Center for Independent Living established in Berkeley, California, which provided services allowing disabled individuals to live independently in the community.   He managed one of the nation’s earliest para-transit demonstration projects providing wheelchair accessible transportation within the San Francisco Bay Area. 
John is 69 years old and has been a Baca resident for 15 years.  He previously served on Baca Grande Property Owners Association Board of Directors and currently is a member of the Crestone Baca Resiliency.

Michael Scully
Term: 2018-2020

I grew up in New Jersey and studied as a machinist and auto mechanic at the College of Marin out in Kentfield, Marin County, California, where I lived during the 1970s. I have also lived and worked in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Sarasota, Florida.

After meeting William and Barbara Howell back in New Jersey during the sole visit to the United States of 'Bapu', Shri Punitachariji Maharaj, the recipient of our Holy Mantra, I moved to the then Sanctuary House in Crestone in 2001 to further explore my spirituality. I became interested in 'Water & San' in 2008 when I was alerted to changes that were coming to the District and have been participating in the Board of Directors meetings since then as both a member of the public and more recently as a Board member. As the longest participating person 'in the room', I bring an historical perspective and look forward to continuing to provide a questioning and common sense approach to guide the District to provide the best and most cost effective service to our customers.

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