Council delays vote on LP&L advertising agreement - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Council delays vote on LP&L advertising agreement

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Lubbock City Council discussed two hot button issues at Thursday's City Council meeting, Tim Cole Memorial Park and advertising between LP&L and Texas Tech University.

Tim Cole Memorial Park was approved by the council, but the same couldn't be said for LP&L and Tech. 

The Lubbock City Council took up the proposed advertising agreement between Lubbock Power & Light and Texas Tech University, but, after much discussion, members postponed taking any action.

Lubbock's Mayor Glen Robertson says there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the agreement and that the council has been working with the Electric Utility Board and the Texas Tech University's chancellor, Kent Hance, to come up with an agreement that will work for everyone.

"I will not, and cannot, support an advertising agreement for LP&L and Texas Tech," said Robertson. "So I've been working hard since last week. I've talked with the chancellor probably seven or eight times, trying to come up with an alternative that will meet Tech's needs but will be beneficial to the citizens of Lubbock," he said.

Council postponed taking action until next week's city council meeting.

Meanwhile, KCBD continues to follow reports that LP&L may have overcharged the university and could owe Texas Tech millions of dollars.

Spokesperson for the utility Matt Rose says LP&L has been honoring its contract.

"We've strictly followed the effective rate and what people need to understand is that the effective rate paid by an institution like Texas Tech is not going to be the same as a large typical consumer," Rose said.

Board of Regents member, John Steinmetz, issued this statement:

"Unfortunately it is too early for me to comment at this time as we are still in the process of gathering the facts regarding this matter. I can however assure you as regents we have a fiduciary responsibility to the tax payers, students and the institution to ensure that Texas Tech is represented properly. That being said, if, for some reason, we do find that Texas Tech is being overcharged by LP&L I will assure you we will do everything in our power to ensure those monies are returned to the constituents we serve."

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