The Utility Commission of the City, previously referred to as the Water and Light Commission, consists of seven (7) commissioners, which includes the Mayor, one Alderperson and five (5) residents of the City. The alderperson is appointed to the Commission by the City Council during the Council's annual organizational meeting and serves a one-year term. The Mayor may designate a Council member to serve in his place during the annual City Council organizational meeting with the appointment being confirmed by the City Council, and lasting for a one-year period. The terms of the remaining commissioners shall be for five years and shall be staggered so that no more than one commissioner's term shall expire each year.
Duties of the Utilities Commission
The Utilities Commission is responsible for the entire charge and management of the Sun Prairie Utilities as a department of the City. The Commission has full authority to supervise the operation of the public water and public power utilities, subject only to the general control and supervision of the City Council.
In addition, to the power and authority set forth by Municipal Ordinance, the Utility Commission has the authority prescribed by Section 66.0805, Wisconsin Statutes, and governs the Department consistent with requirements of Title 13 of the Municipal Code.
The Utility Commission makes rules for their own operations and governance of their department, and they appoint a Utility Manager who acts on behalf of the Commission and employs necessary employees to operate the Utility. The Commission also may employ the services other agents or consultants as the commission deems necessary.
The Utility Commission is also authorized to provide telecommunications service in its service area and to carry out all associated activities to the full extent allowed by applicable federal and state laws, including, without limitation, Section 62.11(5), Wisconsin Statutes, and in compliance with such federal and state laws. For purposes of this section, the phrase "telecommunications service" has the same definition as that contained in Section 196.01(9m), Wisconsin Statutes, as may be amended from time to time.