Organizing a group of Gilbert officials into a utilities board could help the town keep utility costs down, the town manager said.
Town Manager George Pettit is asking the Town Council to approve an ordinance that would create a utilities board to support water, wastewater, street lighting, electric and other functions. The council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance at its meeting tonight.
Pettit said forming the board would clearly indicate to outside interests that Gilbert is a municipal utility, which could help streamline processes of securing resources or grants for utility services.
And, "it would hopefully lead to lower costs of providing service," he said.
The board would differ from Gilbert’s 15 already established boards and commissions in that it would be made up solely of town staff members. Pettit said those staff members already work informally as a group to make recommendations to the council about utilities.
The proposed ordinance states the town’s public works director Lonnie Frost would serve as chairman. Other members would include the water superintendent, wastewater superintendent, streets superintendent, finance director, assistant manager and a member of the Town Council to be appointed by the council.
Frost said certain details of the board’s function still need to be worked out. Pettit said he was unsure whether it would have public meetings.
For information on utility bills in Gilbert, visit http://www.ci.gilbert.az.us/utilities/ or call (480) 503-6800. For information on utility service in the town, visit
The Town Council meets at 7 p.m. in its chambers at 50 E. Civic Center Drive.