Town of Granby abused process with Mountain Parks Electric
February 21, 2008
To the Editor:
This letter is to address the ongoing problem regarding the attempted new facility which Mountain Parks Electric Inc. (MPEI) wishes to build on the old El Monte site in Granby. It is also directed at all the voters of the town of Granby who elect the Board of Trustees.
First of all, MPEI is owned by all the electric customers in its service area. Therefore, the company has an obligation to provide the best service at the lowest cost to all its customers and is not accountable to investor shareholders. Arguably, there is not company in Grand County that does more for the communities in Grand County than MPEI. Every time you turn around, MPEI is giving to some worthy cause. To my way of thinking they are a pillar of the community.
Secondly, one can easily tell by looking at the existing MPEI Home Office Building on W. Agate Avenue in Granby that MPEI is a first-class operation and is not about to build some horrible looking thing next door (like that God-awful looking indoor soccer field at the top of the hill).
Yet, (Mayor) Ted Wang and the other (members) on the Board of Trustees of the town of Granby continue to put MPEI through a series of ridiculous requirements for the new building. Every time they come up with some other half-baked idea it delays the construction of said building and raises the cost thereof. Further, every increase in cost will eventually wind up on all of our electric bills, including the town of Granby’s.
You people in Granby who elected Wang and the (other board members) should be ashamed of yourselves. These people are not looking out for your interests; they are on a little power trip and like to mess with people’s heads. They have the power, and they love to use it. It is time you voters took responsibility for your mistakes and get on the phone to your elected representatives and tell them to get on with it. This project has already been delayed for seven months, and it is obvious that someone has an ax to grind with MPEI. It’s sad that they have nothing better to do than to jack around with one of the best companies Grand County has ever seen. Frankly, the Board of Trustees is lucky MPEI is not investor-owned. If it was, they’d probably have been in court already.
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Finally, I’d like to remind everyone concerned that an attempt to remove Ted Wang was tried once and failed. Hopefully, the next time around you voters will step up and get this guy out of office. In my opinion he’s just not a good chief executive for a town as important as Granby.