After attending a recent Utility Rate Advisory Committee meeting and having a follow-up conversation with URAC members, we were alarmed to learn that no official recording was being made of each URAC meeting. Such recordings must be made by city staff and immediately made available to URAC members, the City Council and the public for review. A URAC member should not be put in the position of making a recording.
It is shocking to us that the council is treating this matter with so little concern. From the outset, provision should have been made to record URAC meetings, not just those on water rates/structure, but on all the issues over which URAC has jurisdiction.
It is essential that URAC members, the public and the City Council are able to review URAC discussions so there are no misunderstandings or misrepresentations of fact, lack of clarity or accuracy over staff and consultant presentations, and a record of answers to questions from URAC members to staff and consultants,
After all the debate over Measure P and what the Water Advisory Committee did or didn’t know and recommend to the council, and what the council knew or thought it knew and/or understood about the rates, we think the council should have made sure to have an accurate account of the URAC meetings as an objective account and solid foundation for their discussions and decision-making on water rates/structure.
This is an essential component of open, transparent and democratic government.
Nancy and Don Price