Stokes on Kirkwood’s Utilities
Thank you, Dave, for responding to my telemarketing challenge. For those of you who want to read about something more substantive than telemarketers, check out Dave’s op-ed in the Post-Dispatch on the topic "Should Kirkwood Sell Its Municipal Utilities?":
According to Kirkwood’s 2007 budget report, "The high average age of our (electric) system dictates more replacement and maintenance and drives our operations and maintenance costs up." This situation will become more expensive for Kirkwood over time.
I think Kirkwood should follow the example of the municipalities in our area that have ceased providing utilities, and sell its facilities to investor-owned, regulated firms. This would allow Kirkwood to focus on services that are not privately provided.