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File #: ORD. 2023-315    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Adopted
File created: 10/11/2023 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/13/2023 Final action: 11/13/2023
Title: To amend ch. 2, art. V of the City Code by adding therein a new div. 21, consisting of ?? 2-1202.6-2-1202.8, for the purpose of establishing a Public Utilities and Services Commission.
Patrons: Andreas Addison, Katherine Jordan, Stephanie Lynch, Ann-Frances Lambert, Vice President Nye, Cynthia Newbille
Attachments: 1. Ord. No. 2023-315, 2. 20231113_Formal_2023-315-Handout
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To amend ch. 2, art. V of the City Code by adding therein a new div. 21, consisting of ?? 2-1202.6-2-1202.8, for the purpose of establishing a Public Utilities and Services Commission.
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WHEREAS, the City believes that it is in the best interests of the citizens of the city of Richmond that the City establish the Public Utilities and Services Commission to advise the Council and the Mayor on matters involving the operation, maintenance, and expansion of the City's public utilities, including natural gas, clean drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that the annual operating costs for the Commission will be approximately $5,000, including ten staff hours;

NOW, THEREFORE,
THE CITY OF RICHMOND HEREBY ORDAINS:
? 1. That Chapter 2, Article V of the Code of the City of Richmond (2020) is hereby amended and reordained by adding therein a new division numbered 21, consisting of sections numbered 2-1202.6 through 2-1202.8, as follows:
DIVISION 21.
PUBLIC UTILITIES AND SERVICES COMMISSION
Sec. 2-1202.6. Creation and purpose; composition; terms of office.
(a) Creation and purpose. There shall be a Public Utilities and Services Commission of indefinite duration whose purpose shall be to provide the Council and the Mayor with information and advice concerning the management and operations of the utilities operated by the City, including natural gas, clean drinking water, wastewater, solid waste, and stormwater, and to provide opportunities for education and outreach to city of Richmond residents and ratepayers.
(b) Composition. The Commission shall be composed of 13 voting members and eight non-voting members, subject to the conditions set forth in this section, as follows:
(1) The Council shall appoint eight members.
(2) The Mayor shall appoint five members.
(3) The voting membership shall consist of commercial or residential public utilities customers who are reside...

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