Open Records Request Concerning Lubbock Power & Light Creates Controversy at City Hall
Yesterday, local taxpayer watchdog Mikel Ward filed an open records request with the City of Lubbock. The request was for Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) concerning the development of a new power plant for Lubbock Power & Light and other agreements with Lubbock Power & Light and the West Texas Municipal Power Authority.
A day later, KAMC 28 and other media outlets in Lubbock were reporting of rumors and denials concerning a possible FBI investigation into Lubbock Power & Light. Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson told KAMC 28 “There’s been serious allegations made, and serious allegations made against employees of LP&L involved in this RFP.”
Mayor Robertson made two late additions to the agenda for the October 24 City Council Meeting. The first is for the Executive Session portion of the meeting:
1.1.3 Matters concerning an investigation of the RFP process of Lubbock Power & Light.
The second item added is during the Regular Agenda portion of next Thursday’s meeting:
6.11 City Council: Consider and possibly take action on starting an investigation concerning the RFP process of LP&L and anything related thereto.
Ward appeared on the Thursday edition of Pratt on Texas and was surprised at the furor her request caused, one day later. She added, “I was just interested in, I guess the bid primarily on hiring the contractor Black & Veatch to analyze the future generation. So, I’m just wanting copies of the RFP’s and bid documents and so forth.”
When asked if she coordinated her efforts with Mayor Robertson or other elected officials Ward said ‘no’. She said she acted independently. A copy of Ward’s open records request is shown below.