The Charge and Membership of the
Berea Utility Advisory Board (BUAB)


The charge and membership of BUAB were established by Mayor Steven Connelly on October 7, 2008, through Executive Order #01-08 as follows:

The Berea Utility Advisory Board

1.  Creation of Board.  By this executive order, by authority as Mayor of the City of Berea, I hereby create the Berea Utility Advisory Board which shall consist of 5 members. Each member shall live in Berea or own property in Berea that consumes services from Berea Municipal Utility. Each member will be appointed by the mayor.

2.  Members and Terms.  The initial appointments are for staggered terms. Thereafter, each member shall serve a three (3) year term. The Utility Director, or his representative, shall be an advisor to the Advisory Board to provide information and interpret existing policy.  The following individuals shall serve as the initial Advisory Board for the designated terms, beginning October 7, 2008:

Stephen Boyce-3 years
Diane Zekind-3 years
Jared Carpenter -2 years
Mary Eipert-2 years
Jerry Workman-1 year

3.  Scope of Authority and Reporting. The Advisory Board will examine, evaluate, and comment upon policy issues, of its choosing, that pertain to utility service and operation. The Advisory Board is not expected to comment upon any individual personnel issue or attempt to resolve specific, routine consumer complaints. Rather, the Board will focus its attention on developing broad policy recommendations. By way of example and not limitation, the Advisory Board may consider:

a) If the current budget-billing policy is best suited for Berea’s needs or would a policy similar to that employed by Delta Gas be more appropriate?

b) Whether the current policy for notifying a consumer of a water leak is sufficient to speed repair and minimize water loss?

c) Whether the Berea Utility and Southern Madison Water District study together the feasibility of combining the two water systems?

d) Are rates appropriately structured?

e) Should the Berea Utility engage in a demand-side management program to promote conservation?

f) Should the Berea Utility encourage use of alternate forms of energy in Berea?

g) What unmet needs for investment in infrastructure improvements and repairs exist?

The Advisory Board will report to the mayor, as needed or requested, but at least once a year, with recommendations on policy issues concerning utility service and operation

3.  No Compensation. Members of the Advisory Board shall serve without compensation, unless otherwise approved by the Berea city council, but each shall be reimbursed for all necessary and reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of Advisory Board duties.

4.  Re-Appointment or Removal. A member may be re-appointed for any number of consecutive terms. A member serves at the will of the mayor and may be removed with written notice to the member.

5.  Meetings. At its first meeting, the Advisory Board will elect a chair and set a meeting schedule. All meetings will be open to the public and subject to KRS 81. Meetings of the Board shall be held, as necessary, upon the call of the chair or at the written request of a majority of members.

6.  Quorum. The presence of three or more members shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of three or more members shall be necessary for any official action.

Dated this 7th day of October, 2008.


Steven Connelly,
Mayor, City of Berea, Kentucky