Members of the Gardner City Council will consider changes to the ordinance that created the electric utility board (EUB). They discussed the ordinance during a meeting on Feb. 4, but didn’t seem to formulate a plan for re-working the ordinance.
“We have three options,” Council president Kristina Harrison said. “We can repeal this, leave it as it is or move water and wastewater under the EUB.”
Listed as a discussion item under new business, council members took two different approaches to the topic.
Council member Larry Fotovich asked about specific pieces of the ordinance that allow the EUB, a five member board appointed by the mayor and approved by the council, to work autonomously with little oversight by the city council.
Harrison agreed that if the council decides to maintain the current system – a separate, but autonomous board that runs the city’s electric utility like business – the ordinance that created the EUB still needs to be examined. There are gaps in it, she said.
(Read more: Gardner News)