New EUB members share their goals for LP&L

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Updated: 11/09/2013 12:39 am
Customers may be comforted to know the new members of the Electric Utility Board that we spoke to seem to be focused on rebuilding the public's trust. Charles Dunn and Don Boatman were both appointed at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

"There is not a lot of confidence in the EUB Board right now," Dunn said. "The new members have to go on that board and restore that confidence."

"In general, we owe it to the people of Lubbock to let them know exactly what's going on, what decisions we make and how we make them," Boatman said.

Four EUB chairs will remain completely unchanged. However, five of the chairs will have completely new faces to them. Boatman said any baggage left in his chair will be thrown away and he will start completely new.

"We can actually kind of start new, come up with some good ideas an not be bound by some of the things that have happened in the past," he said.

Dunn wants to tackle some of the board's previous issues in order to move forward. Particularly when it comes to LP&L CEO, Gary Zheng.

"I for one, want to revisit the vote that was taken on Monday to allow him to continue being the executive director," Dunn said.

Boatman spent more than 40  years in the utility business. He and Dunn both support an investigation into the RFP and bidding process for the city's future power generation.

"If you don't do something to find out what did or didn't go on, there will always be this suspicion that maybe there was," Boatman said.

That bidding process is also at the top of the list for new member Greg Taylor, who spoke to us on the phone. All three say time is of the essence.

"We can't build a plant or have someone else build it for us quickly enough to get us online by June 1st of 2019 if we don't start getting our political act together," Dunn said.

We received a statement from James Conwright, who said he is "honored by council's selection and looks forward to serving with well qualified community activists." Jerry Bell is holding off on making any statement for now.

EUB members are appointed for two year terms and can serve up to three terms.
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