Another in the continuing series of guest bloggers that represent District 1, we look at the Utilities Advisory Board. When I was first considering appointments last year after my election, I wanted someone for the UAB that had a background in either (a) finance/accounting, (b) engineering, or (c) power utilities. The District 1 Representative, Billy Thompson, actually fits two of those qualifications, which I did not expect to find. Mr. Thompson retired from the customer service area of TXU, combining accounting and utility experience.
By BILLY L. THOMPSON
District 1 Representative
Utility Advisory Board
I am listing the major items that the Utility Advisory Board (UAB) have covered since I went on the board.
- We reviewed in detail the 2007 CIP Budgets (Solid Waste, Waste Water, Water, & Electric). On December 14, 2007, Chairman Jim Hope, Billy Thompson, and Paul Hoffman presented our recommendations to the council work session.
- On a monthly basis, we review the monthly rate comparison of all electric companies within the TXU area and each month we find that GP&L is always in the lower part of the chart. Normally GP&L is the lowest for the month.
- The UAB has been reviewing the recommendations for PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act). The entire board agreed with the recommendations presented to the council on May 15, 2007 for their approval.
- We also have reviewed the current UAB Policies, Procedures, By-Laws, Mission Statement, Duties of the UAB, and the UAB Responsibilities. Changes have been made where needed.
- We have worked with staff on the Energy Conservation Strategies that the city is looking at. More will be coming soon on this.
- We have spent a great amount of time looking at the hold time that customers are dealing with when calling the customer service department of the city. A great amount of progress has been made by the department to lower this HOLD time.
- At the April 2007 meeting we had the opportunity to meet the new Director of GP&L, Ray Schwertner. He will be a part of our meetings each month.
- We have begun looking at the COOL CITY CLIMATE INITIATIVE. We are making suggestions to the chairman for items that we feel can be accomplished within the city.
- We have listed some future items that we will be reviewing within the next few meetings.
- Long term plans for the Castle Landfill.
- Long term plans for the Hinton Landfill.
- Technology to extend the life of the Hinton Landfill.
These are only the major items. I have enjoyed my first year serving District 1 on the UAB and look forward to continuing to serve to the best of my ability. We have some great items in the works that we will be reviewing and working on.
The Utility Advisory Board meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 P.M. at City Hall.
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