Board seeking input for capital projects, line crews activities

Published 1:01 pm Monday, July 2, 2018

The Washington Electric Utilities Advisory Board wants Washington Electric Utilities staff to provide it information related to capital-improvement projects.

“I’d like for the electrical department to send us at the end of the fiscal year, which is very soon, all of last year’s projects and their status. Are they complete or whatever? In other words, what’s rolling over into this new fiscal year,” said Stewart Rumley, the board’s chairman, during the board’s informal meeting Wednesday. The board could not take action at that meeting because it did not have a quorum. That information would help the board better track the progress of such projects, how much money has been spent on those projects and if the status of those projects are affecting WEU’s long-range plans, board members indicated.

Rumley asked City Manager Bobby Roberson if the city included money in the new budget, which began Sunday, to develop a new long-range plan to meet the electric system’s future needs. “Yes, sir, we did,” replied Roberson, noting that $40,000 was allocated for the plan, which would be developed by a consultant.

The city will seek bids to develop the plan from consultants later this summer, Roberson said.

The board also would like a monthly list of activities performed by line crews. Alston Tankard, WEU’s transmission and distribution superintendent, said he understands that such a list would be informative for the board, allowing it to better track specific activities performed by line crews.

“What I’d like to see, I’d like to see something like that police department puts in (the Daily News), said Rumley, referring to the list of police responses included in the newspaper’s public-records section in its Monday editions. “You look at this and you can say, ‘My police department is doing something, going here and there.’ I realize you’re dealing with a month here, not a week. I think there’s a way we can break that down. … It’s an opportunity for the electrical department to toot its horn.”

Rumley told Tankard the board wants the information just to know what the line crews are doing.







About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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