Task Force to Ease LP&L Tensions Now Chosen

Published 01/29 2014 03:43PM

Updated 01/29 2014 03:48PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Mayor Glen Robertson and Lubbock Power & Light Chairman Greg Taylor have chosen members of a joint task force. The task force has 75 days to come up with recommendations for easing tensions between the city and LP&L.

Robertson and Taylor will serve. Joining them will be Suzanne Blake, Clayton Isom, Karen Gibson, and Latrelle Joy.

Robertson said, “The bad blood has reached appoint where we have to do something.”

“It seems if we make one step forward the staff takes us two steps back,” Robertson added.

The tension increased between the city and LP&L after a summer spike in electric rates and recent allegations that bids for a big project were mishandled.

LP&L is owned by the city. Voters approved a certain level of autonomy for the LP&L board to handle day-to-day policies and procedures in a 2004 municipal charter election. The City Council retains final control over the electric rates and the LP&L budget.

Robertson said on Wednesday he was still scheduling the first meeting for the task force. He said some of their work would be done behind closed doors and some of it would be released to the public.

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