Most meetings of the utility board are pretty routine, but one item on Tuesday's agenda is a bit unusual.
Item 4.1 on the agenda includes a "discussion of recent comments of the Mayor and City Management regarding the Electric Utility Board and the management of LP&L." Mayor Glen Robertson spoke with us a few weeks ago about his concerns with LP&L, saying he and City Manager Lee Ann Dumbauld noticed a few "red flags" in the department's accounting and procurement procedures.
He said although LP&L is a big department, as well as an important one, it's still a department of the city of Lubbock.
"We've had the problem with their accounting not dove-tailing into our accounting," Robertson said. "We had them producing financial statements without making general ledger entries, which means they were estimating financial statements and giving those to their board members. So, I don't question the board. The board has been making decisions with bad information. I just think it's been a natural progression, and we've gotten to the point that the management of LP&L, especially the upper management, feel like the rules that apply to the city do not apply to them."
The mayor called a City Council meeting at the beginning of the month to begin talks about the need for an outside audit of LP&L, but it ended before it even began. Four of the seven members voted to adjourn and postpone the issue to a future date.