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Pay Raises Causing Our Electric Bills to Go Up

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Yes, it’s true our electric rates are increasing. The lavish spending on management wages is now hitting your pocket. The PUD Commissioners were briefed on the increases at the June 4, 2013 meeting. PUD management is still stonewalling on the Lift Truck accident. But good news, Commissioner Mike Swanson made a motion to force the release of some key information that is missing in this apparent fraud.

Commissioner Diana Thompson chastised those present for interrupting “her” agenda; from now on any public input will need to wait until the end of all business. So her attitude is still the people are not to be heard from. Oh, yes the PUD attorney, Jim Finley, who is paid to attend the meetings, contribute greatly, he spent his time reading a week old newspaper, and at times appeared to be napping, showing disrespect and contempt to rate payers.  So enjoy your out of touch PUD staff, you are paying for this.

I raised a new concern, which has the potential of greatly increasing our rates, and is already a part of the rate increase, the Tokeland power extension. I feel this is another very poorly conceived project to solve a mythical problem, which is to extend power to Tokeland, which is already being served by Grays Harbor, PUD? As Commissioner Hatfield reported, he wants to serve this area to get more votes? Commissioner Thompson has a “social justice reasoning” which is difficult to understand.

I believe it’s a fair summary to say, none of the PUD commissioners understand the purpose, scope, or costs of the project.

At the meeting the PUD staff opened bids on just the underwater cable (not installed); bids ranged from about 7 million to 15 million. Doug Miller could not remember the total projected cost of the project. However, he is moving forward to recommend a bid acceptance at the next meeting this month in Ilwaco. 

I made a request that PUD Commissioners stop all work on this project, until the Commissioners could be briefed on the need, scope and costs of the project, and that the Commissioners hold a series of evening Public hearings on this project. It’s not clear how much has already been spent, Mr. Miller just can’t recall, sounds like the IRS.

I believe the PUD Commissioner have failed their “fiduciary duty” to the rate payers, fiduciary…means trust and responsibility. We elected these commissioners trusting they would be looking out for our needs. However, they have allowed a culture of mistrust and poor performance to exist in PUD management and engineering.

Thanks to Commissioner Mike Swanson who is willing to get to the truth of the Tokeland project.


Ron Craig,

South Bend, Wash.


Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on www.hometowndebate.com 6/6/13. If you would like to respond to this story go to hometowndebate.com
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