There are more questions about City Water Light and Power operations this morning as aldermen increasingly feel the push back from constituents over a recent rate increase.
Alderman Steve Dove says a contractor is questioning the work repairing siding to a CWLP building, a contract worth more than $100,000 dollars, according to the alderman. Dove believes that size contract requires city council approval.
The Ward 9 alderman also says that there are questions about the utility’s hiring practices. He says a CWLP employee brought him information about a financial incentive offered to a prospective employee. That’s something Dove and other aldermen feel is unprecedented are demanding the guidelines for such a practice.
Acting general manager Eric Hobbie says those types of offers have been made in the past for certain jobs but that there are no current offers.
As for the investigation and possible disciplinary action against a utility employee for allegedly using city time to trim a tree on private property, Mayor Mike Houston says they are continuing to investigate and will let the aldermen know the outcome.