At Monday night’s LaFollette Utilities Board meeting, LUB General Manager Kenny Baird’s contract came up for review. Board members discussed Baird’s performance as a manager and decided to extend his contract by one year.
“He’s well respected in the region and I think we should hold on to him as long as we can,” said Howard St. James.
“I personally feel like the utility is one of the best run entities in LaFollette,” said board member Ken Younce.
Baird receives a yearly salary of $119,600 and has been the manager at LaFollette Utilities since 1995.
Board members also discussed and voted to adopt a new, required identity theft policy.
“It’s all about fair and accurate credit transactions and taking preventative steps to stop identity theft,” said Marlene Broadway of LaFollette Utilities. Broadway, along with two other utilities employees spent two days completing a needs assessment and training program to implement the new policy.
“We have to do training with all of our employees and customer service representatives, and we are working on setting up the two-hour training session right now,” said Broadway. She reported to date, the utilities are unaware of any incident regarding identity theft. “But the risk is there, so it is a requirement we have to meet,” said Broadway.
Board members also discussed mowing bids for the LaFollette Utilities, before voting to accept the lowest bid, which came from Justin Clear of Clear Properties who turned in the low bid of $535 per mowing cycle.
The utilities also declared two 4x4 pickup trucks, an air compressor and a tire changer as surplus property.
“We’ll contact the city and see if they have any interest in it and what the city doesn’t take, we’ll put in the paper and do sealed bids,” said Baird.
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