The recent harbor electrical power shutoff on June 21 was done without public input and without proper notification. Two weeks prior to the shutoff, the only notifications were a single sheet of paper, put up on the harbor bulletin boards. After this arrogant lack of consideration was complained about on the radio, individual notices were put on boats. This also was inappropriate, since many do not regularly visit their boats. Normal notification for any change of service in the United States is done through the same method as one gets their bill, the mail. After further complaints, the harbor mailed out notices, to the boat owners. Why was this not done in the beginning?
Although the electrical upgrades were talked about in previous meetings, the published implementation dates were from fall of 2005 to spring of 2014: As recently as two weeks ago, the port director was saying that the electrical upgrades of new nonmetered pedestals, would occur over a period of 10 years. When I talked with the port director, less than a week before the power shutoff, he assured me that the electrical power shutoff would not happen until fall of 2005, after the move of Aurora's J and K floats. I had initiated questions about this explicitly, after finding a printout at the harbormaster's office about the new harbor flat rate electrical rates, with an effective date of July 1, 2004. The port director at the time told me not to worry, that no work would occur in Aurora till fall of 2005 and that the rates were only for transient moorages on the main float. The port director continued; at that time, notices would be mailed out to all metered electrical users. As of April 1, 2004, the executive summary of the $20 million harbor upgrade, done by PND Consultants this past summer, had the Aurora Harbor electrical upgrade to be done in phases, after the ramps at Aurora Harbor were rebuilt.
No notice or public participation occurred concerning the June 21, 2004 target date, and electrical power shutoff in Aurora Harbor.
There was no threat to safety, as in a nuclear power plant, and the majority of electrical services were working in Aurora Harbor, with only one or two pedestals on the main float having any major problems.
This lack of notification and refusal to allow public participation; could be the result of a hidden agenda, which was designed to prevent any organized opposition from preparing.
Greg W. Hayes
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