When it comes to LP&L and the Electric Utility Board, the audience was loud and clear at Thursday night's city council meeting, that they are not happy with the status quo. Strong demands were heard from almost everyone who stepped up to the podium.
"Sweep the board clean," said one speaker. "Consider removing the other four. This is what you should do. If you do it you will gain the trust from the citizens."
"There does need to be a thorough investigation of the entire LP&L RFP process," said an angry citizen.
"The message to you mayor and members of this city council tonight is to stop LP&L and the EUB from spending our hard earned tax dollars the way they have," added another.
It seems for the most part, council members did listen to the pleas of the people ad at least booted every Electric Utility Board member who was up for reappointment. James Conwright will fill Dwight McDonald's vacant seat, Greg Taylor replacing Marc McDougal, Don Boatman will take Gail Kring's spot, Charlie Dunn for Carroll McDonald's and Jerry Bell will take Robert Musselman's place.
"I don't know that anybody got everything they wanted, but that's good governance," said Mayor Glen Robertson about the new members. "When they're all up there an nobody gets their way and there's good compromise, I think that's when you end up with a well diversified board. I think that's what we're going to have."
The mayor said all the new members are well qualified and eager to get to work. City council members also voted for a full investigation into the RFP process for the city's future power generation. The Police Chief will conduct the investigation, the motion passed six to one, District 6 councilwoman, Latrelle Joy, the only to vote against the investigation.