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Heber Light & Power Board Responds to the Attorney General

The Attorney General’s Office weighs in on Enforcement of the HL&P board pay of retroactive insurance benefit! The HL&P Board was TOLD TO GIVE MONEY BACK AT ONCE! The State Attorney General’s office has sent a letter to HL&P on their determination of the funds taken against state law and HL&P’s own bylaws.

In December 2012, The State Auditor’s office sent a letter to Heber Light & Power stating that the process the HL&P board used for their retroactive health benefit payments is questionable, and the action should be voided.

This whole issue is quite lengthy, but the Wasatch Taxpayers Association (which I have been a member of since inception) has the most detailed information available. You can read more about it here.

In response to the findings of Attorney General’s office concerning the illegality of the retroactive increase in compensation,  the attorney for the company responded to the AG’s office on behalf of the board with a letter claiming that the Board had done nothing wrong but that the Board has decided to “make arrangements to reimburse the increase in Board compensation”.

It is beyond me how this board can continue to maintain that their actions were appropriate.  I am glad that the Board has decided to reimburse the money that remains unpaid.  I would however suggest and encourage these board members to make their “arrangements” public. I oppose any attempt to “refund” the money with city or company funds.  Heber City residents are not in favor of an appearance of a refund, we want real restitution.  This restitution should ONLY come from the personal bank accounts of the individuals who personally benefited from the payment.

As a candidate for Heber City Council I want it to be clear that I am for transparency and integrity. I have spent a great deal of my personal time showing up to city council, county council, school board, HL&P meetings and many others so that I would understand what is happening and where things can be improved in our valley. I am committed to smaller government and keeping our budgets in line with what our true needs are as a city.

Utah AG Office Says Heber Light & Power Repayment Is A Must!

The State Auditors Office issued a report on the citizens’ filed complaint. The AG’s office has issued a letter on the health pay scandal asking for HL&P Board members  to “return the funds at once.”      A more detailed report should be out soon. More info can also be found on the Wasatch Taxpayers Association as well as on Wasatch Live.

AGs letter for Heber Light & Power-2013

What Are the Pressing Issues In Heber City?

As I make my way around the city and talk to people I have noticed that one of the top issues with most residents is what is happening at Heber Light & Power. It’s not a surprise that this is at the top of the list of concerns as Heber City residents we have the right to be concerned. I believe it is crucial for the HL&P board to be forthright and transparent in order to preserve public trust in the company, and the board’s intentions.  Board members have a duty to inform the other members of the city council they represent of major issues, and to inform the public of any breach of trust at the HL&P.

Our vote for mayor will determine who the chairman of the board at Heber Light & Power will be. Our vote will also help determine who the new mayor will ask to represent the citizens of Heber City. Our mayor will choose who he feels can best serve the residents of not only Heber City but also all residents in the valley.

Alan McDonald recently wrote about this topic and stated:

Rumors have recently circulated alleging the impropriety of certain personnel at Heber Light & Power, and how this may have affected the financial integrity of the company.  Because the residents of Heber own a large portion of the company via the city, and because the company exists solely to serve the needs of the community, I believe it is important that the entire city council be actively involved in providing oversight.  The city council should be thoroughly informed and consulted whenever there are major decisions to be made at Heber Light & Power, or whenever rumors of this nature involve the company.  Upon being fully informed and consulted, the council should then inform the true owner of the company, the Heber City taxpayer.


As a citizen of Heber City I find it quite incredible that not all of our city council members are being routinely informed or updated about HL&P. It’s our right to know what is happening and be relatively sure that our whole city council is being apprised of what is happening and making suggestions that the mayor and two city councilmen will take back to the HP&L board to help it run as efficiently as possible.

On August 13th Heber City residents will have the first of two opportunities this year to go to the polls and vote for the two candidates that they believe will truly look out for the interests of the citizens. Make your voice heard on August 13th!

Heber City’s Veteran’s Memorial – A Decision Will Be Made Today



Concerned about the $375K being spent on the Heber City Veterans Memorial? The Heber City Council will be meeting Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Be there to voice your concern.;f424c18d.13

Why Run For City Council?

What Will Be Your Priority Issue(s)? AW-4-CityCouncil

In alphabetical order they are:

Local Business
Transparency & Accountability
Veterans Memorial

Another priority is to protect the city of Heber from over-regulation and encroachment by the federal government in matters such as public lands, healthcare, and education. We cannot curtail all these things ourselves, but, with relationships I and other city council members and staff have we can call on those relationships to help us keep Heber strong and resilient.

Why do I want to serve?

There is so much at stake right now in our valley, and Heber plays a big role in the tone we set for this valley. What we do now will set the course for the next generation. We need to be headed in the right direction and that will only happen if we have more people willing to take an active role in what is happening here locally (in the city and in the county). Heber City council members sit on a number of boards throughout the city and county and therefore play an integral role in the decisions made. There is a very serious lack of ethical behavior on some of these boards and as a city we should be leading the charge when it comes to ethics, leadership and accountability.

I believe that I can be of the most help by:

* Recruiting and supporting men and women of character, with common beliefs and principles for elected office
* To provide Common Sense and leadership experience
* To inject a strong dose of conservative thought to the council and to those we serve in behalf of
* To persuade others to follow the principles of:
Individual Responsibility; caring for ourselves and family, for the helpless
Proper Role of Government; protecting our rights, not usurping them
Fiscal Conservatism; keeping the size  and scope of government in line with its constitutional roles

How am I Prepared?

Experience, on boards for private organizations and church service
Active community participant, as a precinct chairman, state & county delegate, active participation in attending city & county meetings
Successful leadership and management experience of private and non-profit business.
I am committed to serving our city and it’s residents.