February 2021 Special Work Session




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February 2, 2021

Special Work Session of Springfield Utility Board (SUB) – 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of this session is to allow time for Board members to provide a recommendation to the entire Board regarding Board priorities for 2021. The public is invited to attend the Special Work Session via phone or internet by following the instructions below. Please note that the Board does not take public comment during work sessions.

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Special Work Session – 4 p.m.


I. Call to Order

II. Business from the Board

  • A. Board Priorities for 2021

III. Adjournment


Special Work Session – February 10, 2021


Board approved at April 14, 2021 Regular Board Meeting

The virtual special work session of the Springfield Utility Board was called to order by Chair Eyster at 5:03 p.m.


Board: Mike Eyster, Chair; Robert Scherer, Vice-Chair; David Willis; John DeWenter; Mark Molina.

Staff: Jeff Nelson; Greg Miller; Janis Brew; Cindy Flaherty; Matt Dahlstrom and Joe Leahy, Attorneys for the Board.

Others: Laurie Grenya, HR Answers.

Business from the Board

Presentation on General Manager Compensation

Laurie Grenya, with HR Answers, provided a presentation on Executive Compensation (Exhibit A) and shared with a general overview. Ms. Grenya reviewed pros and cons of some main concepts when considering executive compensation.

Discussion was shared on comparators for public utilities and the relevant marketplace and strategies for executive/general manager compensation.

Jeff Nelson noted that because this is a Board policy on the Board’s position on compensation, he recommends the Board delegate one or more members to work with the consulting entity if the Board wishes to use a consultant to identify its comparators.

In response to Chair Eyster’s question, Joe Leahy advised that the Board may go through a limited Request for Proposal (RFP) process to select an entity, or it may opt to select HR Answers, as this is a consultant basis and there is an exemption in the public contracting, if the Board so wishes.

Following further discussion Board consensus was to get the concept proposal from HR Answers and then decide if the Board wants to use an RFP process, and for John DeWenter and Mark Molina will work together on this and Ms. Grenya shared that for HR Answers would not charge to provide a concept proposal of what the scope of work and potential cost would look like for SUB.

The Board thanked Ms. Grenya for her informative presentation.


The meeting was adjourned by consensus at 5:58 p.m.

Mike Eyster, Board Chair

Jeff Nelson, Board Secretary