LUBBOCK, TX -- The group West Texas Organizing Strategy held a forum Monday night to act as an open dialogue between city leaders and residents on LP&L and other city issues.
WTOS said this is not the first, nor the last, time they've held an event like this. Monday's forum included a panel of four: Matt Rose, a representative with LP&L; City Councilman Victor Hernandez; City Council District 3 candidate Jeff Griffith; and the other candidate for District 3, Deanne Clark.
The night began with four people sharing their personal stories, talking about their concerns. One woman told the panel she was there to remind the panel that families old and new all need help when it comes to being low income.
Rose said he hopes to see more of these types of events in the future.
"I really hope that these forums continue to take place, because it's an opportunity for us to go out and tell folks about what we're doing on our side, but also to hear real concerns from folks and that's very important in terms of policy making and making sure that our rates and our policies reflect the needs and the interests of our rate payers," Rose said.
Griffith said he felt the meeting was beneficial, especially to help give him a clear idea of what citizens need and are concerned about.
"Definitely need to understand the issues with LP&L customers and the issues that were brought forth tonight are very concerned and we need to make sure that we're taking care of our citizens," Griffith said.
Edward George is a leader in WTOS, and said tonight was a clear example of what their group does, which is give citizens a chance to speak directly to city leaders and bring their concerns.
"Some of the people on the panel said we are glad to have you pushing us, and that's exactly what we want to do, we want to push people, we want to make our voices heard," George said.
There were also three Electric Utility Board members in attendance as well as the new Assistant Director at LP&L, all in the audience to take notes and take what they heard back to others at LP&L.