• Arizona
  • Thursday , Feb 1 , 2018

Area Info

San Tan Valley Area Information

3 minutes reading time (547 words)

Hearing to Decide if Johnson Utilities and Its Managers Should be Held in Contempt Set for August 24

Hearing to Decide if Johnson Utilities and It's Managers Should be Held in Contempt Set for August 24

Shawn Bradford, Vice President of Corporate Services for Epcor, stated that in good faith Epcor had continued with the necessary steps as requested by the Commission to step in as the interim manger.  Epcor signed a consulting agreement with the ACC on August 1, 2018, contracted with a consulting firm by August 9, 2018, toured four wastewater plants, eleven of the 23 lift stations, and began touring the water plants as of August 14, 2018.

After touring the facilities, Bradford had serious concerns about not only the air and water quality for Johnson Utilities customers, but also the safety of the workers working at the utility.  Bradford stated that the systems were in such poor shape from long time hydrogen sulfide exposure, the equipment could "actually explode".

In addition, Bradford also had concerns that while Johnson Utilities water did not exceed the 10 mg/L limit for nitrates, it was over 9.9 mg/L and was on the "knife's edge" of exceeding the limits, becoming a health concern. Bradford shared his frustration with the Commission that while Epcor has tried time and time again to access the financial systems and accounts for Johnson Utilities, the utility company was unwilling to allow access, stating that without access to the systems, "the utility could not be run".

Commissioner Tobin asked Bradford why not having access to the bank accounts would prevent Epcor from moving forward, as having access to capitol was one of the reasons why the Commission selected Epcor as interim manager. Bradford clarified that Epcor had the capitol to invest in the system as needed.  It wasn't access to the cash that was the issue, it was not being able to access the financial systems. "Without access to the financial systems, we can't pay vendors, employees, or even bill customers" said Bradford. "Without the financial systems, you can't run a utility."

Chairman Forese then asked for a procedural hearing to be called August 16, 2018 so that an Administrative Law Judge could decide whether Johnson and Johnson's managers should be held in contempt for not complying with Decision No 76785.

On August 15, 2018, Staff filed a Notice of Filing Johnson Utilities Failure to Confirm Access, including an email Epcor sent an to Staff, in which EPCOR stated that the interim manager agreement was "suspended until the Conditions Precedent therein are met".

At the August 16, 2018 hearing Staff indicated a desire to file a Motion to have Johnson and Johnson's Managers Held in Contempt.  Administrative Law Judge, Sarah Harpring later ordered that a "hearing in this matter shall commence on August 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the Commission's offices at 1200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, and shall continue, as necessary, at 9:00 a.m. on August 27, 2018, and such other dates as may be prescribed."

The full order can be read here.

Font size: +
Apache Junction High School student arrested, refu...
ACC Slaps Johnson Utilities with $600K Fine

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

By accepting you will be accessing a service provided by a third-party external to https://santanvalley.com/

Stay Connected

Pan de Vida Foundation

Pan de Vida Foundation

Queen Creek, Maricopa County
MyBizNow LLC

MyBizNow LLC

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
San Tan Valley Publications

San Tan Valley Publications

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Florence Unified School District

Florence Unified School District

Florence, Pinal County
Champion Charter School

Champion Charter School

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
J.M. Kuhstoss Remodeling Pros

J.M. Kuhstoss Remodeling Pros

San Tan Valley, Pinal County
Rural Metro Fire

Rural Metro Fire

San Tan Valley, Pinal County

Daily News

Wait a minute, while we are rendering the calendar

Upcoming Events

12 Aug
SimonMed Mammodays at Fry's
08.12.2020 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Mobile On-Site Mammography by...

13 Aug
Banner Children’s Health Mobile
08.13.2020 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Banner Health provides health services to...

13 Aug
Blood Drive
08.13.2020 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poston Butte is hosting a blood drive and you're...

15 Aug
Free Food Box Giveaway
08.15.2020 10:00 am

To anyone in the San Tan Valley area, Heart of...

15 Aug
San Tan Valley Democrats Meeting
08.15.2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Delina DiSanto, candidate for U.S. Congressional District 4,...

Partners

Advertise your business to hundreds of thousands of potential customers, while supporting your local news resource at the same time. Our Partners help us provide you with services and information to help keep you informed.

Become A Partner

Follow Us

0
Our San Tan Valley Community Keeps Growing!

San Tan Valley News

EPCOR Customer Update

Jul 28, 2020 Hits:1414

Twitter Feed

About SanTanValley.com

About SanTanValley.com

Search