WAPA Governing Board Moves Forward with Approvals

Andrew Smith, WAPA CEO (Submitted photo)

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s (WAPA or Authority) Governing Board met yesterday and approved several items. Under the Planning and Economic Development Committee, the board approved a no-cost time extension of twelve months and amended the payment schedule for the Hannah’s Rest Rehabilitation Project SC-02-23.

The board also approved a change order cost increase of $2,690,932.24 and a time extension for the Campo Rico Waterline Rehabilitation Project SC-02-213, with an end date of April 28, 2025. Lastly, the board approved the Authority to award the Northside Road Waterline Rehabilitation Design contract to Stanley Consultants for $6,450,000.

Under Finance and Audit Committee items, the board approved the Authority to amend the Composite Pole Project Contract SC-20-21 with Haugland Energy. This amendment will be for $7,783,100.61 to accommodate the additional work needed to complete the project in St Thomas.

This request also includes a time extension until July 31, 2024, to allow for completion. The board further approved the Authority to move forward with the renewal of the 2024 Employee Benefits package.

Of note, the governing board has welcomed its newest board member, Lionel Selwood, board director and chief operating officer at Auto Motive Power (AMP) who brings extensive experience in energy management and over 15 years of experience in the energy domain.

“Mr. Selwood’s extensive industry experience will be a great benefit to the Authority, and I, along with the rest of the WAPA team, look forward to working with Director Selwood as we build towards a better energy future for all Virgin Islanders,” said CEO Andrew Smith.

“I am excited for the opportunity to partner with fellow board members and the leadership team at the Authority to further improve WAPA and ultimately achieve a major reduction in rates for the people of the Virgin Islands,” said Lionel Selwood.

Action was taken on communication matters. The votes are as follows:

Chairman Fleming – Yes

Member Turnbull – Yes

Member Selwood – Abstained

Member Boynes-Jackson – Yes

and Secretary Young — Abstained Vote:

Total: Three — Yes votes, Two — abstained votes; therefore, the motion carries.

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