Stay tuned, people of Vero Beach!
In 2008 Vero Beach City Council rushed to sign a costly power supply contract with OUC (Orlando Utilities Commission).
Apparently Council never saw the actual Final Document, but signed it anyway. Result, HIGH AND ENDURING POWER COSTS.
In 2012, a Council majority rushed to sign a contract with Florida Power and Light, a contract with elements received after it was signed. It could not be executed due to pre-existing obligations that were understood when it was signed. Result, the current Mayor and Council let it lapse last December, despite the public will that the Utility be sold and despite spending $1,700,000 of your money with lawyers.
It cost the City of Vero Beach and ratepayers huge amounts of money for Council to sign those contracts without proper and thorough vetting. And rates remained too high for too long.
With the new contract coming TOMORROW we should be doing due diligence. For starters, the Finance Commission needs to look at this in an open and transparent public meeting with you there. We need to know what we are signing.
I fail to understand the rush…..
Especially because the Contract was due at City Hall by noon, Wednesday, October 18th, but parts of it were still arriving today, Monday October 23rd and apparently there are elements still missing as of this writing.
I am asked to review three inches of highly technical documents from Friday noon in advance of a 9:30 meeting tomorrow Tuesday.
Yet, a Council majority whose election campaigns received huge monetary support by FP&L is insistent upon signing the Contract Tuesday, October 24th.
Rush to sign and rush to waste our money. This is a very bad pattern of behavior.
We are supposed to learn by past mistakes, and I fear we may be on the verge of repeating the same past mistakes. Falling off Cliffs on purpose!
I will do my best for you, but I fear it will not be good enough, and once again you will PAY, PAY, PAY!
Voters be alert. Your City, your taxes, this special place where we live is on the line.
Editor’s note: Richard Winger is a member of the Vero Beach City Council.