Mayors declare public power week

WHEREAS, we, the citizens of Hillsboro & Marion, place high value on local control over community services and therefore have chosen to operate a community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility and, as customers and owners of our electric utility, have a direct say in utility operations and policies;

WHEREAS, Our Public Utility Departments provides our homes, businesses, farms, social service, and local government agencies with reliable, efficient, and cost-effective electricity employing sound business practices designed to ensure the best possible service at not-for-profit rates;

WHEREAS, Our Public Utility Departments are a valuable community asset that contributes to the well-being of our citizens through energy efficiency, customer service, environmental protection, economic development, and safety awareness;

WHEREAS, Our Public Utility Departments have also taken on additional stewardship for our community’s infrastructure expanding community and economic development opportunities;

WHEREAS, Our Public Utility Departments are dependable and trustworthy institutions whose local operation provides many consumer protections and continues to make our communities a better place to live and work, and contributes to protecting the global environment;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: that Our Public Utility Departments will continue to work to bring low-cost, safe, reliable electricity to community homes and businesses just as it has for the last 100 years to serve all the citizens of our communities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that the week of Oct. 6-12 be designated Public Power Week to recognize Our Public Utility Departments for its contributions to the community and to educate customer-owners, policy makers, and employees on the benefits of public power;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that our community joins hands with more than 2,000 other public power systems in the United States in this celebration of public power, which is best for consumers, business, the community, and the nation.

THEREFORE, We, Lou Thurston and Todd Heitschmidt, Mayors of our respective cities do hereby proclaim October 6th to the 12th as Public Power Appreciation Week.

Lou Thurston, Mayor of Hillsboro and Todd Heitschmidt, Mayor of Marion