Thomas said he and POA General Manager Tommy Bailey approached CCI about giving the POA rights to utility easements during Thomas' tenure as board chairman, which ended in April of this year.
"They were agreeable," Thomas
But even if CCI
empowers the POA
to charge franchise fees to utility companies, Thomas
expects that Carroll Electric
will object."I'm 95 percent certain that it will be decided in court," he
After meeting with CCI
then met with Carroll Electric's president and CEO to discuss the matter and received a positive response, at least initially.
said, 'Why not (charge us)?Everybody else does,'" Thomas
said.But later, the Carroll Electric Board of Directors sent a different message to the POA
"They told us, 'No way'," Thomas
Although no action was taken, there seemed to be a consensus among POA
Board members to proceed.They directed Bailey
to draft a plan to begin charging franchise fees sometime in 2006.He
is expected to give a full report to the board during a work session scheduled for Jan. 9.