If you are under a lot of stress in your job, plus you are working while taking a reduction in pay and you start to add up the bundle of money you can opt out with by adding up your accumulated sick pay……retirement looks pretty good, doesn’t it.
Yep, that’s probably why James Stevens, the city’s director of power resources, has decided to retire effective May 1. Can you blame him?
All of the electric workers in the city, no matter what their rank and position may be are dealing with a stressful employment situation because of the potential sale of the system to FPL but Stevens also was the person to deal with the regulatory agencies involved.
His skill set will need to be replaced pronto and it will be very difficult indeed when you have a city manager saying it will probably be a temporary job.
Speaking of this potential sale to FPL. You know there will not be a sale unless the city can get out of their existing contractual obligations with Orlando Utilities and the Florida Municipal Power Agency. FMPA is a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power.
Then you have to wonder why Brian Heady and Glenn Heran have recently placed themselves into a new playing field, the city of Lake Worth. They must be rich guys to be able to charter a bus for Lake Worth residents in order to schlepp them to the FMPA meeting. So, Heran and Heady drive Lake Worth residents to Orlando simply to try to influence FMPA board members to disband this wholesale power agency. Hmmm.
Why Lake Worth? Seems to me they are working pretty hard to try to get FPL to the table in Lake Worth now that things are on automatic in Vero Beach….Well, not exactly automatic. They still have to do away with FMPA to clear the way. Hey that rhymes.
And to think, I got involved with this whole issue because I am a County Resident on City Electric and I had hoped for a cheaper electric bill. I am still amazed that FPL and the city have not considered a partial sale and get on with things. Oh well, I guess I am not surprised because Jay Kramer was the only elected official in the city of Vero Beach willing to explore the possibility of a partial sale.
Speaking of high electric bills. What about high fuel costs? With the price of gasoline rising on a daily basis, are you aware of the recent gas tax that was just voted on by your County Commissioners? Hey, Commish Davis, that was a smart move on your part not to be there for the vote.
If any of my bloggers out there know how much this added tax is, please let me know. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the answer if you do not want to blog the answer.
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