WILLIAMSON – At a brief regular meeting of the Williamson Utility Board (WUB) held late Thursday afternoon, updates were provided concerning current Consumer Price Index (CPI) negotiations with Veolia Water, and the current expenditures as listed in the repair and maintenance and electrical use limits set forth in the WUB’s contract with Veolia.
At a previous meeting of the WUB, board members Lacy Muncy and Larry Rosen were appointed to serve as representatives of the board in current CPI negotiations with Veolia.
At Thursday’s meeting, Muncy provided an update regarding the CPI negotiations stating, “Larry (Rosen) and I met with Jason (Allen) last Thursday and we discussed what we would like for him to do which is a zero percent increase and he was supposed to take it back to his supervisors.”
Jason Allen, Project Manager for Veolia Water, responded saying, “I haven’t received an answer yet but it has been presented to my supervisor and we are waiting on his recommendation at this time.”
At Thursday’s meeting, Allen also provided the WUB with an update concerning the board’s current expenditures. Allen provided the board with written documentation alerting the board that they had reached 80 percent in their Repair and Maintenance (R and M) limit. “I have the current status concerning your R and M along with your electrical limit account. As you can see on the Repair and Maintenance Account, we are currently at 87 percent and on the Electrical Limit account; you are currently at 58 percent,” Allen said.
Allen continued stating, “There is some language that is in the contract that states that when we reach 80 percent of either of the two accounts that we are to notify you in writing. The last letter that I gave you makes that statement that you have reached that 80 percent. For many years, we have continued to bill any overages on a monthly basis. That letter states that is what we will continue to do unless otherwise informed by the WUB. This will run until the end of the June, the Repair and Maintenance and the Electrical and July 1 actually starts a new budget for the 2017- 2018 year.”
Allen was referring to an item listed in the WUB’s contract with Veolia Water which was established February 28, 2008. In the agreement, item 7.3 of the Agreement for Water and Wastewater Operation, Maintenance and Management Services between the Williamson Utility Board and Veolia Water states, “The parties will perform a true- up of Maintenance and Repair Costs on a quarterly basis during the term of the agreement. If actual Maintenance and Repair expenditures are less than the Maintenance and Repair Limit for any quarter year of the agreement, Veolia will rebate the entire difference to the WUB in accordance with Section 8.3. If actual Maintenance and Repair expenditures exceed the Maintenance and Repair Limit during such quarter year, WUB will pay the excess to Veolia in accordance with Section 8.3 Veolia will notify WUB when actual Maintenance and Repair expenditures equal 80 percent of the Maintenance and Repair Limit during any quarter year.”
Section 8.3 of the Agreement for Water and Wastewater Operation, Maintenance and Management Services between the Williamson Utility Board and Veolia Water states, “Any monies payable pursuant to Section 7.3 will be paid within 60 calendar days after the end of each quarter.”
The next meeting of the Williamson Utility Board will be held Thursday, April 27 at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers located at Williamson City Hall.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235- 4242 ext. 2279.