City of Bryan votes to limit BTU board's power

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 3:47pm

BRYAN -- a unanimous vote on a new Bryan ordinance passed this morning by city council immediately shifted power away from the Bryan Texas Utilities board and back to the city manager.

Lauren Holman explains this big change and if it could affect you in the future.

The old saying goes, "If it isn't broken, why fix it?"

and that's the sentiment of BTU board member and chairman, Emanual Glockzin.

"Why they've done this so fast, we really don't know. Us board members are still trying to figure all that out."

This morning, in a seven to zero vote, the Bryan City Council passed an ordinance that shifts power away from the board and limits their authority to make decisions.

"We thought that it would be a better function for the city, less confusing and better to move the city forward with authority of the city manager being able to hire, fire and control the operations of BTU," said Council member Mike Southerland.

But Gloznick doesn't think this change will make things efficient, only complicate the process more.

"Council members change, city managers change but us, as BTU board members, don't change that often so you're going to lose that stability and when you lose that stability you're not going to be as efficient."

But Councilman Paul Madison disagrees.

"It's good to have personnel under one city manager and by doing this it makes the overall operation of the city function very very good."

The new ordinance is effective immediately and while some decisions still need to be made, Madison says the utility rates won't change.

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