Five of the Gardner Utility Advisory Committee’s last 13 meetings have been cancelled.
The Utility Advisory Commission  provides guidance and recommendations based on their utility experiences for all utilities of Gardner including water, wastewater and electric.
Scheduled to meet the first Thursday of every month, UAC meetings were cancelled in April, August and October of 2015, and March and May of 2016.
Meeting cancellations have been due to lack of critical items to put on the agenda, according to Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director. Meetings were not cancelled due to lack of quorum, he said. With the exception of one meeting, members have been available to attend.
Meeting cancellations do not affect the day to day operations of the city utilities, Garcia said. The UAC was established to provide input  to minimize utilities outages, recommend utility projects to be considered by the city council, act as source of information regarding past practices taken by Gardner Energy, bring utility related issues voiced by Gardner residents, suggest items for the utilities director to investigate or change,  recommend best utility practices to improve our services.
The UAC was formed in December, 2014, and replaced the Electric Utility Advisory Board to provide guidance and recommendations for all city utilities to the Gardner City Council.
Prior to that, Gardner ‘s EUB functioned as an independent board, and in 2012 members of the city’s BPU Exploratory recommended a board – similar to the then-independent Electric Utility Board – oversee electric, water and wastewater. However, it was determined by legal counsel that the EUB had been established through a flawed ordinance.
The UAC has five members: Mark Baldwin, chairman, Ryan Learned, Lance Boyd, Duane Waldman and Clint Barney.