Queen Creek council executive session Jan. 16 includes utility agreement with Johnson Utilities

From left are Queen Creek Town Attorney Scott Holcomb and Town Manager John Kross at a town council meeting. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

A potential utility interconnection agreement with EPCOR as interim manager of Johnson Utilities Co. is a topic on the six-item, closed-door executive session agenda for the Jan. 16 Queen Creek Town Council meeting.

The meeting, which is not open to the public, begins at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Ironwood Conference Room in the Community Chambers Building, 20727 E. Civic Parkway. One or more members may participate by telephone, according to the agenda.

The town council executive session agenda item states: “Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney for legal advice and with the town’s attorney and representatives to consider the town’s position and instruct its representatives regarding a potential utility interconnection agreement with EPCOR as interim manager of Johnson Utilities Co. A.R.S. 38-431.03(A)(3) & (4)”

Arizona Revised Statutes 38-431.03(A)(3) states “Discussion or consultation for legal advice with the attorney or attorneys of the public body.”

ARS 38-431.03(A)(4) states “Discussion or consultation with the attorneys of the public body in order to consider its position and instruct its attorneys regarding the public body’s position regarding contracts that are the subject of negotiations, in pending or contemplated litigation or in settlement discussions conducted in order to avoid or resolve litigation.”

Other items on the Jan. 16 executive session agenda are:

  • Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney for legal advice and with the town’s representatives regarding the Arizona Corporation Commission actions related to Johnson Utilities.
  • Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney and with the town’s representatives regarding annexations and providing utility services.
  • Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney for legal advice and with the town attorney and representatives to consider the town’s position and instruct its attorneys regarding the pending lawsuit(s): Johnson Utilities vs. Town of Queen Creek.
  • Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney and with the town’s representatives to consider the town’s position and instruct its representatives regarding the acquisition of real property for future fire station No. 5.
  • Discussion and consultation with the town’s attorney and with the town’s representatives to consider the town’s position and instruct its representatives regarding water meter credits.

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