A presentation was made at the March 26th City Council Workshop on the Electric Resource Management Assessment being done by Schneider Engineering. This assessment is the staff’s attempt to right the ship and save their reputations.
The project scope includes looking at the effectiveness, practices, current organizational structure and opportunities for improvement. This assessment has a budget of $40,000, thus staying below the City Council authorization requirement. Staff reported that 5 firms responded to their request for proposal (RFP) and that the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and General Manager of Utilities scored the responses and the unanimous selection was Schneider Engineering from Boerne & College Station, TX who bid $30,000 to preform the assessment. Schneider has a long history with the City, as it currently manages the City’s Electric regulatory requirements and reporting. Does that sound like an unbiased review to you? The project leader worked closely with the City prior to 2010. Does that sound like someone that would not have a preconceived opinion of the City’s Electric Utility and it’s management? Not to mention, Schneider did not disqualify themselves from future potential business opportunities with the City.
THIS IS NOT AN AUDIT! Or even an unbiased 3’rd party review! First of all, this consultant was selected not by the City Council, but by City Staff, and the final report will be reviewed by City Staff BEFORE its even presented to City Council. There has been no opportunity for the public to be involved in determining the scope or the qualifications of the reviewer.
Once again, this speaks to the continued lack of transparency and continued secrecy regarding the City’s Electric Utility and its operations. We, the residents, taxpayers and rate payers of Georgetown have a right to know what’s happened and be involved in the review process, after all, we own this utility. Don’t we have the right the answers and a say in the outcome of OUR utility?