Two major items of public discussion and debate are scheduled on the Hope City Board's meeting agenda set for next Tuesday, March 21 at Hope City Hall.

Two major items of public discussion and debate are scheduled on the Hope City Board’s meeting agenda set for next Tuesday, March 21 at Hope City Hall.
Steve Saum, the general manager of Hope Water & Light, will deliver an address and make a presentation to the Hope City Board regarding issues that have been mentioned in the local media in recent weeks.
Recent opinion pieces appearing in the Hope Star have been critical of Hope Water & Light based on charges, a series of previously reported rate increases for both electricity and water between 2015-2017, and certain business practices related to fees, deposits, HWL Commission meetings, and HWL compensation packages.
The opinion pieces in the Star have also publicly questioned a proposed sales transaction between HWL and GridLiance, in which HWL would publicly owned transmission lines for an estimated $1.6 million to GridLiance, and recommended the Hope City Board, which owns Hope Water & Light, consider other public utility alternatives.
The HWL presentation, according to a copy of the agenda obtained Friday by the Hope Star, includes a Powerpoint that will highlight four major “talking points” regarding rates, deposits, essential services, and service opportunities.
Also listed on the Powerpoint is a questions and comments section, but it is not known whether that section will be restricted to the City Board itself or the general public attending.
The City Board agenda also said City Manager Catherine Cook will deliver an update on the controversial Dox Building.  The nature of the update was not disclosed on the agenda document, other than a short statement by Cook saying, “I will have an update for the Board on the Dox building by Tuesday evening.”
Other agenda items include the City of Hope’s annual audit resolution as well as consider bids from firms to conduct the actual audit and financial statements.
In a statement, Cook said, “Each firm proposes to audit the city-wide financial statements, including federal awards, in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards as well as Government Auditing Standards, in a timely fashion.”
The firms that bid included William C. Miller, CPA, Emrich & Scroggins, LLP, and BKD with Miller’s firm coming in at the low bid of $29,500.
The Hope City Board will also consider bids for six items for the Parks Department, including a Zero-Turn Riding Mower (for Parks), another Zero-Turn Riding Mower (for the Airport), a Mechanical Rake/Infield Groomer (Parks), a Tractor with Loader (Parks), a Tiller Attachment (Parks), and a multi-purpose Vehicle (Airport).