The Utility Advisory Commission meeting has been rescheduled to 6 p.m. July 19.
The meeting will be conducted in the City Council Chambers in Gardner city Hall, 120 E. Main Street.
Six of the UAC’s last 12 meetings have been cancelled; April, August and October of 2015, and March and May of 2016.
The June 2 meeting was called to order by Mark Baldwin, chairman, and immediately adjourned due to lack of quorum. Ryan Learned was the only other member in attendance.
Members of the UAC are: Baldwin, Learned, Lance Boyd, Duane Waldeman and Clint Barney.
In May, Gonzalo Garcia, utilities director, said only one of the prior five meetings had been cancelled due to lack of a quorum but rather because of lack of critical items to put on the agenda.
City staff had planned to present information on two new business items to the board at the June 2 meeting. Those items were postponed for July 7, and will now most likely be on the July 19 agenda.
June 2, staff had intended to advise passing along a recommendation to city council to purchase a meter site analyzer and to recommend an engineering service contract for the replacement of transmission line relays from electrical substation #1 to substation #2.
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.