City and LP&L Tensions Continue; Mayor Hopes Monday Meeting Squashes Friction

Friction between the city and LP&L continues and the mayor says if it’s not resolved it’s the tax payer who will suffer.
Friction between the city and LP&L continues and the mayor says if it’s not resolved it’s the tax payer who will suffer. 

Mayor Glen Robertson said tensions have been building for the past nine years and escalated over the summer after the computer glitch and rate increases.

Mostly, however, Robertson is blaming the problems on the company’s structure. 

A charter amendment back in 2004 partially separated LP&L from the city allowing them to act more like a business and make more decisions on their own.

LP&L created the Electric Utility Board to manage those day to day operations and the city remained in charge of rates, budget and debt.

However, Robertson said some of the boards decisions are affecting other city departments creating conflict with employees behind the scenes that he said must be resolved.

"It gets as simple as LP&L wants to give a pay raise to a certain individual and it falls outside of pay policies within the HR department with the city of Lubbock,” said Robertson.  “There's been a discussion of do they have to follow pay policy.  Those things need to be decided.  We need to call everybody together get everyone in the room and say were going to put this petty stuff behind us."

Robertson said that needs to happen in order for the board and the council to come to the best decision on how to deal with the generation issue when Xcel stops selling wholesale to LP&L in 2019. 

LP&L and the city will meet Monday in hopes to squash tensions so they can move forward. 

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