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MAKING IT THEIR OWN: Col. City begins crafting Utility Rate board

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work has begun for Columbia City to reestablish its Utility Rate Advisory Board.

The advisory board has been dormant for some time, but this spring Mayor Ryan Daniel said he wanted to revive it, because the city decided to opt out of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.

At Columbia City’s Common Council meeting Tuesday, amendments were proposed to the city’s Utility Rate Advisory Board ordinance.

One change from the previous ordinance included eliminating connection to political parties.

“I feel strongly that it should not be political,” said Daniel, explaining that formerly the board was required to have three members from one party and two members from the other.

The other proposed change, which prompted much discussion, was a requirement to have four board members be residents from the city and another a resident outside the city limits who is a city utility customer.

Councilman Bill Simpson questioned if the board member was required to be a resident.

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