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Ordinance 2nd Reading - Lubbock Power & Light: C
onsider Ordinance No. 2019-O0168, to amend Article 2.03, Division 12 of the City of Lubbock Code of Ordinances, increasing the number of terms that may be served by Electric Utility Board Members and removing the duty to recommend individuals to the board of the West Texas Municipal Power Agency.
On November 19, 2019, the City Council approved the first reading of the ordinance.
e Electric Utility Board (“EUB”) of the City of Lubbock, is responsible for recommending amendments to Title I, Chapter 1, Article 2.03, Division 12 of the Lubbock Code of Ordinances, pursuant to Section 2.03.418(a). On October 15, 2019, the EUB recommended the changes to Title I, Chapter 1, Article 2.03, Division 12, as provided for in the Draft Ordinance.
Currently, Section 2.03.413(a) of the Lubbock Code of Ordinances provides that EUB members are limited to serving three terms:
"The number of board members and their terms are governed by chapter 1, article XII, section 1 of the Lubbock City Charter and shall be considered officers of the City of Lubbock. No board member shall serve more than three terms." (emphasis added) …
The Ordinance proposes an increase in the term limits to four terms. Moreover, the proposed Ordinance recommends clarifying that the term limits are for consecutive terms only (i.e., “[n]o board member shall serve more than four consecutive terms”), meaning that prior EUB members may be eligible to serve on the EUB again if the City Council adopts the proposed amendment.
In addition, the Ordinance recommends amending Section 2.03.415(e) of the Lubbock Code of Ordinances, which currently provides as follows:
(e) " To the extent authorized by law and subject to the city’s charter and Code of Ordinances, the board shall be responsible for recommending individuals to the city council for their consideration in appointing individuals to the board and for appointing individuals to the West Texas Municipal Power Agency."
The Ordinance also deletes the obligation for appointments to the West Texas Municipal Power Agency (“WTMPA”). Because Lubbock has been deleted from WTMPA, this appointment duty is no longer necessary.
David McCalla, Director of Electric Utilities
Electric Utility Board
Ordinance Amendment - EUB Term Limitations
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