9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

WAPA Board Approves Extension Of $400,000 BDO Contract For Auditing Purposes

Community Center / News / Virgin Islands / March 22, 2019

The governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority on Thursday approved a contract extension at its monthly board meeting, and received an update on the operations of the electrical and water systems, the utility announced via release.

Unanimous approval was given to amend an existing contract with the auditing firm, BDO, to fund the cost of the Voluntary Employees Benefits Association Trust (VEBA) audit for Fiscal Year 2017 as well as cost overruns associated with the electrical and water financial audits for the same fiscal year, WAPA said.

The additional funding request cannot exceed $100,000 bringing the total of BDO’s work in FY 2017 to $400,000, according to the release. The amendment also funds the cost of both the VEBA trust audit and the electrical and water systems audits for Fiscal Year 2018. The amendment provides an additional $30,000 to fund BDO’s work in FY 2018, work that is capped at $395,000. The Authority must conduct the audits to maintain compliance with local and federal regulations. The approval vote was unanimous.

In a summary of his monthly report to the board, WAPA Executive Director Lawrence J. Kupfer noted the normalization of potable water service to the west end of St. Croix. Kupfer recapped the installation of new pumps, reactivation of control devices, and other work done to end the water service interruption. The new pumps have contributed to an increase of water flow to the Kingshill tank of approximately 300-400 gallons per minute. Early Thursday morning, the water level stood at 7’ 6”, the utility said.

On the electric system, he reported that the testing phase for three new generators at the Harley plant on St. Thomas is underway. The new engines will be started for the first time later today and are expected to be tested with load on Sunday. According to WAPA, on St. Croix, progress is being made towards commissioning new units at the Estate Richmond plant within the next week.  The new generators being introduced in St. Thomas and St. Croix are powered by propane. Kupfer also advised the board that there were no OSHA reportable injuries at the Authority during the month of February.

Board members present included: Chairwoman Elizabeth Armstrong, Vice Chairman Hubert Turnbull, Secretary Juanita Young, Cheryl Boynes Jackson, Noel Loftus, and Gerald T. Groner, Esq.

Staff Consortium

Previous Post

Major Opportunity Opens To U.S. Virgin Islands Artists As NPR Music’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Extends To USVI Residents For First Time

Next Post

Clayton Laurent, Jr. Prepares For Fourth Pro Bout Set For March 29

Leave a Reply

More Story

Major Opportunity Opens To U.S. Virgin Islands Artists As NPR Music’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest Extends To USVI Residents For First Time

At SXSW, NPR Music announced the return of its popular Tiny Desk Contest, which over the past four years has received...

March 22, 2019