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With who does the ‘buck’ really stops with on BVIEC matters?!

-Hons. Christian & Fraser divided on who has the last say on matters of BVIEC
Given their opportunity to add to the debate on the appointment of Ron R. Potter as Chairman of the BVIEC Board, Hon. Archibald C. Christian (right) stated that he envisioned Potter being the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVIEC and that the ‘buck’ stops with him. However, Hon. Julian Fraser RA said with strong caution, '…The buck stops with the person who appointed you….' Photo: VINO/File
Opposite sides of the House of Assembly have different opinions as to were “the buck” stops as it relates to matters of decision making at the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). This was heard during the debate on the appointment of Mr Ron R. Potter (centre) as the new Chairman of the BVIEC Board. Photo: VINO/File
Opposite sides of the House of Assembly have different opinions as to were “the buck” stops as it relates to matters of decision making at the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). This was heard during the debate on the appointment of Mr Ron R. Potter (centre) as the new Chairman of the BVIEC Board. Photo: VINO/File
Issues of high costs for new connections to properties, billing, bringing down high overhead costs and fuel surcharges are what Mr Potter will be expected to effectively address as the new Chairman of the BVIEC Board. Photo: VINO/File
Issues of high costs for new connections to properties, billing, bringing down high overhead costs and fuel surcharges are what Mr Potter will be expected to effectively address as the new Chairman of the BVIEC Board. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Opposite sides of the House of Assembly have different opinions as to where “the buck” stops as it relates to matters of decision making at the BVI Electricity Corporation (BVIEC). This was heard during the debate on the appointment of Mr Ron R. Potter as the new Chairman of the BVIEC Board.

During proceedings of the House of Assembly on November 19, 2013 Mr Ron R. Potter was given many accolades following the official announcement of his appointment to the position. Words of confidence and support were overwhelming from both sides of the House as most members rose and voiced their approval.

However, the matter of where the ‘buck stops’ on decisions of the BVIEC heard differing opinions from Member for the Third District, Honourable Julian Fraser RA and At-Large Member, Honourable Archibald C. Christian. Given his opportunity to add to the debate on the appointment, Hon. Christian stated that he envisioned Potter being the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the BVIEC and noted that the ‘buck’ stops with him.

However, when Hon. Fraser rose to the floor he said with strong caution, “…The buck stops with the person who appointed you….” 

The debate, which certainly did not miss the keen listening ear of the public, heard statements which suggested that Mr Ron R. Potter being at the helm of the BVIEC Board and Minister for Communications and Works Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool being the head of the overlooking Ministry will compose a good duo to work together.

Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal OBE said Hon. Vanterpool was an action man and so was Mr Potter. “So the two will work well together,” said Hon. O’Neal.

There were several other matters that arose in the debate consequent of the new appointment, including issues of high costs for new connections to properties, billing, bringing down high overhead costs and fuel surcharges and according to Hon O’Neal, “There will be lots of problems.”

In the words of Member for the Eighth District, Hon. Marlon A. Penn, the expectations of the Communications and Works Minister from the BVIEC Board are “very lofty”.

23 Responses to “With who does the ‘buck’ really stops with on BVIEC matters?!”

  • tee tee (21/11/2013, 08:35) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    it stops with Mark
  • Gasprov (21/11/2013, 09:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Chairman don't tow the line, appointment revoked. End of story.
  • LOL (21/11/2013, 09:17) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Once again the leader of the opposition has sense and says Mark is an action man. He is obviously please with what Hon Vanterpool is doing, he needs to bring Fraser in line and stop his childish complaints.
    • @ lol (21/11/2013, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      I don't worry too much about the vitriol I see online from paid NDP fools
  • Marie (21/11/2013, 09:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    All I know is that we the people have been over paying for their lousy handling of this situation. Is everyone in charge incompetent? What training have these people in charge had to run this country? Instead of finger pointing and letting everyone see their incompetence, they should have gotten together and came up with a solution so we the people can stop being victimized.
  • ooooo (21/11/2013, 09:32) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    when are we going to get those energy saving light bulbs that archie/ndp promised us?
  • My $0.02 (21/11/2013, 09:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Energy saving lights bulbs won't do any good if your bills/consumption are doubling for no apparent reason. That needs to be looked into. New meters causing problems perhaps?
    • Independent Lady (21/11/2013, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes I agree with you..and what about the fact that the fuel surcharge is the same amount of your electricity usage (I think on Block 2) in most cases..howis this possible? I can't fathom it. I have a serious problem with fuel surcharge beingthe same as electricity usage. I think it quite unfair and irrational
    • yes (21/11/2013, 19:55) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      I really think they need to check the automated metering system. something is wrong there.
  • @ooooo (21/11/2013, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    You are so VIP and expect everything to be given to you, go to the store and buy them like I did! SMH!
  • qc (21/11/2013, 10:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    deeds politican nalways want to run everhting when they brian dead
  • pat (21/11/2013, 10:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Potter it seems like they expect blood out of stone
  • virgin gorda (21/11/2013, 11:15) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Archie better enjoy his final two years
  • lodger (21/11/2013, 20:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wish people could understand that the reason for the fuel surcharge is that they have not put up the basic unit cost for 30 or more years, and the price of fuel has escalated many times over since then. It seems inexpedient for them to raise the basic unit rate with inflation, but by not doing so they have caused this confusion among the public. Do you expect the price of gas, bread, etc not to have increased over the years?
  • uvi (22/11/2013, 12:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy, I think you're overplaying this issue.
  • Martin (23/11/2013, 02:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Greetings and one love to all critical thinking Virgin Islanders.
  • up with the win (24/11/2013, 12:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frazer is really beginning to earn his keeps. May he, and his great team prevail in the next elections.


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