By Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – According to Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, one of the questions he is most asked is “why isn’t his office doing something about the situation with the Aberdeen Electric Department.” According to Presley, assistance could be available to the customers of the Aberdeen Electric Department, but with stipulations.
“We are very limited to what we can do regarding regulating a municipal company owned by a city. If this was a county-owned company, we would have more control” Presley said. “We want the residents of Aberdeen to know that we are paying attention to what is going on there.”
Presley said his department could intervene in the situation as long as the rules are followed.
“If a consumer has a dispute, which can be several bills, totaling more than $2,500 and they are not a part of any lawsuit, they can contact my office and we have the right to come in and investigate the person’s claim and make informal hearings and arbitrate the dispute” Presley said.
Presley said the only other way his department could begin an investigation is at the request of the city.