Joint Meeting Successful: Power Board and Council

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The joint meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council and Power Board began at 5:00 o'clock Thursday evening (6/11/2015) to study Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation's proposal to purchase the city owned utility. The gathering took place in the council chambers of the Murfreesboro City Hall. NewsRadio WGNS' Jackson Jones has more...

Director of Marketing for Murfreesboro Electric Amy Byers commented . . .

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Earlier in the week, Mayor McFarland noted that he was concerned about the moral with electric department employees. After Thursday night's joint meeting, there seemed to be a better understanding of what needed to be done. Byers noted . . .

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City Attorney Susan McGannon went over the legal issues of MTEMC's request and what procedure must be followed.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland said, "There is no done deal and we want to do what is best for the residents of this city."

Murfreesboro Electric's Director Steve Sax noted, "I feel there needs to be an engineering study done to determine how the two organizations would work mechanically if such a merger took place, and whether it would benefit our customers."

Murfreesboro City Manager Rob Lyons wants to make certain that in addition to the engineering issues, that the HR concerns of electric department employees are satisfied.

The Murfreesboro Power Board reminded that they are on a deadline to get the Veterans Parkway substation ready for the TVA, and this must be done in a timely manner, whether or not there is a merger.

At 6:02 Thursday evening, Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland's gavel sounded and the city council's segment ended. Then a second gavel was heard as Robert Scales closed the Power Board's joint gathering.

It was agreed that both city groups would share their findings, and work toward a second joint meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council and Power Board in about 2-months. NewsRadio WGNS will keep you informed.

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