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Gibson voted CPW board chairman; Reynolds honored

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Monday, January 23, 2012

Eugene Gibson was nominated as chairman of the three-person Greer Commission of Public Works today at the monthly utility meeting.

Perry Williams’ two-year term expired Dec. 31 and Greer CPW mandates rotating the chairman of the board. “It’s been a long tradition of rotating the chair,” Williams said.

Commissioner Jeff Howell nominated Gibson, Williams seconded and the roll call was held with a 3-0 approval. 

“I will do my best to fill the shoes of the past chairman and continue to hold our meetings in orderly fashion,” said Gibson. He and Howell also praised Williams for a job well done.

Gibson has been a CPW commissioner for over 30 years and has served “at least six times as commissioner,” he said.

CPW Finance Manager Chuck Reynolds received, for the sixth consecutive year, Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Greer CPW by the Government Finance Officers Association. The 2011 budget was $75 million.

Reynolds routinely reports the financial report to the CPW commissioners and is often applauded for his department’s thoroughness. During budget reviews Reynolds is often in the forefront helping guide CPW and commissioners distribute funding.

 “We are overwhelmed with financial information,” commissioner Gibson said in presenting Reynolds the award. “Some in the public forget what CPW does, other than turn power on and off. They don’t recognize what Chuck and his staff do.”

“It has helped our department to win the award because it keeps our standard high,” Reynolds said. “The auditors routinely send suggestions that have helped us, too. Now their correspondence is down to one page and we’re just tweaking things.”

 In other CPW news on a light schedule:

 • Amendments were approved for updating the Agreement of Responsibility for Compliance with Certain Mandatory Reliability Standards between Greer CPW and PMPA.

 • Seven of 15 motors, obtained through a grant request, has been installed.

• The truck shed is under construction. Walls are being constructed. Trucks with reservoirs will be stored in the shed. Cunningham Waters has the contract.

•  Greer is reportedly in a severe drought, down from extreme. The recent rains have put water levels ahead for January. Lakes Cunningham and Robinson are maintaining a full status.

• Executive session was held to discuss proposed contractual agreements. No decisions were made, according to General Manager Nick Stegall.

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