Next week the City Council begins the process of reviewing and revising the six-year Strategic Plan for Seattle City Light. They have a lot of issues to dig through.
In the middle of Mayor Durkan’s press conference announcing the resignation of SPd Chief Kathleen O’Toole, she dropped a bombshell: she has also accepted the resignation of Larry Weis as CEO of Seattle City Light.
Yesterday afternoon the Council voted to declare a piece of city property to be surplus, and to allow the official owner, Seattle City Light, to sell it. Selling off surplus city property is a fairly regular occurrence, but for many reasons this one stands out as a rather frustrating exception.
Here are my notes from the weekly Council Briefing session, in which the Council members tell each other what’s going on.
Last Thursday the Council’s Select Committee on Seattle City Light Strategic Planning met for the third, and probably last, time to consider amendments to SCL’s biennial update to its master plan.
The City Council held the first of three meetings this afternoon to review and approve the Strategic Plan for Seattle City Light. Ironically, our rates are going to go up unless we start using more power.
This afternoon the City Council conducted a hearing on the NCIS billing and customer service IT system being co-developed by Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, and SeattleIT, the city’s newly-consolidated IT department. It was neither the bloodbath I expected, nor was it a font of revelations as to why a $66 million project went $43 million over budget. But if you listened carefully, arranged the puzzle pieces just so, and squinted a little bit, you could make out roughly what happened — and the rough waters ahead.
Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities started planning a new billing and customer information system back in 2012. Like so many other software projects, this one went wrong. And the wrongs have been compounding ever since.