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Letter: Know your utility company

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There may be confusion on just what the Greenville Utilities Commission is; who controls it, why it exists, just what regulatory body monitors its operations and if its present organizational structure is appropriate.

GUC is a commission of the City of Greenville, not a separate not-for-profit organization, as management alludes. That means that GUC is not a separate organization from the city and is accountable to the City Council for its operations. In fact, the N.C. General Assembly is very clear that GUC is a city department. To further enforce that, numerous discussions with North Carolina elected representatives and the Utility Commission confirm that GUC is a municipal utility. When these officials were asked “who monitors the operations of GUC?” it was unanimous that the City Council is the regulatory agency to which GUC is accountable.

One other issue on the structure of GUC. The GUC website states: “We are and always have been a public power utility, owned by the people we serve.” GUC is not “owned by the people we serve.” It is owned by the City of Greenville. Therefore, GUC is accountable to Greenville’s elected officials. GUC is not owned by the residents of Greenville, Pitt County or any other customers.

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Basically GUC has gone out of control ----

Basically GUC has gone out of control financially ( with the rate stabilization fund) and organizationally and the City has to reign this department in. There is too much at stake to allow this GUC crowd to have Carte Blanche with the biggest department of the city.The Council must get control of this department.

Jack1919/Terri Boredum

Enough already. You distort facts to congeal with your latest conspiracy theory. I guess your short-lived public service record on the parks & recreation board (way less than half a term), two failed attempts to be elected to city council and being fired from multiple jobs makes you an expert. Thanks, but no thanks. Your credentials speak for themselves. What a joke!

Put your name on the blog

and I will buy you a cup of coffee to explain taking money out of the pockets of the poor for the GUC rate stabilization fund. Legalized stealing- a Bernie Madoff moment in Greenville....

Lots of claims

I am so tired of this idiot's rants, I actually stopped what I was doing today to see if he knows what the heck he is talking about. I looked up the charter online. Let's fact check.

Terry/Jack1919: "GUC is not a separate organization from the city and is accountable to the City Council for its operations. In fact, the N.C. General Assembly is very clear that GUC is a city department. "

GUC's charter (approved by the assembly): "Sec. 5. The Greenville Utilities Commission shall have entire supervision and control of the management, operation, maintenance, improvement, and extension of the public utilities of the City, which public utilities shall include electric, natural gas, water, and sewer services, and shall fix uniform rates for all services rendered;"

Hmmmmm. Looks pretty clear to me. GUC controls the operations. Otherwise, I guess I have no idea what the words "entire supervision and control" means. Never let the facts ruin a good rant though, right?

Supervision and responsibility are different

Why do corporations have supervisors, managers, CEO's and Board of Directors? The reason is they all hold different levels of responsibility and accountability. Should GUC collapse, do you think that just Tony Cannon would be held accountable?

No; the City of Greenville is essentially responsible for this municipality. Someone missed a few days of business school. Time to put out your stunning business credentials that allow you to be incorrect, yet call people idiot. Fact checker; what an ironic name. From the GUC website.

"We are governed by an eight-member Board of Commissioners. The Board is responsible for approving rates, development plans, the annual budget and setting operating and extension policies. Policies are implemented by the General Manager. The City Manager serves as a full voting member; five other Board members are nominated by the City Council, and two are nominated by the County Commissioners. All Board members are approved by the City Council."

Now why again would all this take place if the city, as you allege, has no required oversight???

The responsibility rests with the council; GUC is a department

GUC is not a corporation. You cannot make a horse into a cow.The utility is a municipal authority- just call the Utility Commission and ask who controls GUC and they will say, the City Council regardless of what the Charter says. Lets see the articles of incorporation there is none for GUC- its a department of the City.


Letter: City managers need oversight Tuesday, January 28, 2014


“Leadership and a commitment to getting the job done is the key to organizational excellence. You have a local example with the city’s sister organization, Greenville Utilities. It seems to be doing an excellent job.”



Sounds like someone has an obsession. Is this quote printed and hung over your desk to help instill the fact that you are doing a great job? Seems to be your "Go-to" response every time GUC is called out by Terry.

So someone who changes there mind with changing of circumstances is wrong? Guess there are a lot of people out there who wanted to be super heroes growing up that are flat out hypocrites now. Weak argument Edgar, time to try something new.

that has changed after the establishment

of the asinine rate stabilization fund of $21,000,000. Madoff has a good investment firm until he started his Ponzi scheme- Things change especially after Cannon assumed control.... Big salary increase, hiring of very expensive minions, COO and $ 180,000 lawyer. Things have gone to heck since that comment was made.

One more check tonight

According to GUC's website, Cannon assumed control in 2012...two years before you made your statement. I guess you're not that good at numbers.

Also on the website, I could not find a COO.

Finally, I keep hearing you write about how Cannon's boss is the City Manager. While looking up if it's a department or not, I found this in the charter: "Sec. 6. The Greenville Utilities Commission shall employ a competent and qualified General Manager whose duties shall be to supervise and manage the said public utilities, subject to the approval of the Greenville Utilities Commission. The General Manager, under the direction of and subject to the approval of the Greenville Utilities Commission, shall cause the said utilities to be orderly and properly conducted; the General Manager shall provide for the operation, maintenance, and improvement of utilities;"

I don't see anything about reporting to the city.

I feel bad for anyone who relies on you for facts.

The City is the owner of GUC

That's a fact jack- The charter can delegate authority but not responsibility- The CITY controls , just ask the NC utility commission---- Cannons ego took awhile to get going and is now out of control

City Council

So we are to believe that Greenville's City Council should better manage GUC? What specifically should they do?

Stop acting as an absentee owner and monitor the operations and

the budget, instruct the commission to have their meetings on TV rather than in secret. Kill the rate stabilization fund. Act like the owner and modify the charter or better yet rescind it. GUC has gotten too big for its britches. Treat them like every other department......

I disagree with your assessment

So your critical of City Council, but they now should manage the utility. The same group that neglected investment in roads for quite a few years. Under their leadership, we have seen many of the Cities top administrators leave and they fostered a work environment that led to a walkout by Public Works staff. Yea, I could see where they would thrive leading a utility. Just my two cents....now I will go away and allow you to continue to beat a dead horse.

You certainly can disagree

but you are ignorant on the facts of GUCs operations- Just wait and see; GUC will have major problems


Is good to educate the public but don't hold your breath waiting for this issue to be address by elected officials. Long time ago it was tried by council and it failed after some contentious public meetings. Your point is well taken. Thank you for caring.


Is good to educate the public but don't hold your breath waiting for this issue to be address by elected officials. Long time ago it was tried by council and it failed after some contentious public meetings. Your point is well taken. Thank you for caring.

Below- just another city employee protecting his fat paycheck

And showing his true colors with an obscene comment- poor paper- cannot even monitor its own bloggers. For this reason and the total absence of management at this paper, I am cancelling my subscription


I guess you will stop writing stupid letters now!

not necessarily

the letters will continue

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