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March 13, 2014

Online exclusive: Who's who with TPWA

TAHLEQUAH — Each month, all households around the city receive their monthly statements from the Tahlequah Public Works Authority.

The TPWA bills and collects for the services it provides - water, electricity, wastewater treatment. It also handles the city’s billing for solid waste collection and stormwater drainage, and gas billing for the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facilities Authority.

Rates for TPWA services are set by its Board of Trustees.

“It’s essentially a balancing act,” said Kelly Ross, board chair. “We have to determine the cost of providing the service to the customers, and generate enough income to pay the costs of operating the utility. We are also a functioning city operation. We provide a monthly allocation for the city to use at its discretion to assist with its operations. We certainly don’t like it when we have to raise rates.”

The names of those on the Board of Trustees are often recognized among the people of Tahlequah. Current members of the TPWA board are:

• Kelly Ross is a retired administrator for Tahlequah Public Schools.

• Herb Rozell is a former state senator.

• Dr. Isabel Baker is a retired educator who served on the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents from 1991-99.

• Jack Spears is owner of Arrowhead Resort and a former city councilor.

• Dr. Mark Smith is a dentist with Premiere Dentistry.

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