OUR CITY: CU meets needs with a ‘spirit of service’
by Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland
Jul 10, 2014 | 585 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cleveland Mayor  Tom  Rowland
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland
Last April, Cleveland Utilities was one of only 94 of the nation's more than 2,000 public electric power utilities to be recognized by the American Public Power Association. CU was commended for providing the highest level of reliable electric power to its customers.

Last week, just as the Fourth of July holiday weekend was beginning, CU's Electric Division showed once again why that recognition is so well deserved.

In the very early morning hours last Friday, CU and TVA personnel finished a project at the East Cleveland Substation that supports reliable electric service to a significant part of our city. It was one of those projects that requires many hours of work, but gets very little public notice.

As a member of CU's Board of Directors, I know there are many projects like that involving our Water and Wastewater divisions as well as the Electric Division. Our Cleveland Utilities personnel provide some of the services that make our city such a desirable place to live, work, raise a family and do business.

In his congratulatory email to CU employees, President and CEO Ken Webb said "nothing is more important to the community than reliable electricity, clean and safe drinking water and environmentally compliant waste water collection and treatment services."

And those services have to be provided regardless of the weather, time of day or night or holidays. It is a task that the employees in all three CU divisions do so well.

In recent weeks, the CU board has approved new Mission and Vision statements as well as a statement of Core Principals as the utility begins a new era with Ken as the new CEO.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Cleveland Utilities. There will be more anniversary news coming in October.

A lot has happened at Cleveland Utilities since 1939, from the arrival of major industries, the growth of established businesses, the welcomed arrival of many new families and the unwelcomed arrival of ice storms, tornadoes and flood waters.

Through it all, Cleveland Utilities has been a utility service with spirit — a spirit of innovation, perseverance, service and success.