December 4, 2013

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Sorry, CCUD, for the incorrect statement at meeting

This is an apology to Robert Russell, general manager of the Coal Creek Utility District.

The Coal Creek Utility District cares about the quality service they provide to Newcastle and the surrounding area. At the recent Town Hall meeting, I misspoke when I said it didn’t care about how it bills for streetlights. I apologize.

The district does care. It has been working diligently this past year, checking all 90 streetlighting districts to make sure that every customer is billed correctly. It found 51 customers had been left off the lists, out of the more than 1,700 customers who pay for streetlights.

Last week, the district sent letters to those 51 customers, alerting them to the correction and the coming $5 charge that will appear on their bi-monthly bills. My thanks to Robert Russell. He has done a wonderful job in correcting the streetlighting billings.

Carol Simpson

Newcastle City Council


Thanks for votes, and congratulations to the winners

Regarding the Newcastle council election, thanks to everybody who voted for me. Also, I offer my congratulations to my former opponent, John Drescher, and to Mayor Rich Crispo and Councilman John Dulcich, for their respective wins. Normally, I don’t concede before the verification of the count, but I’m making an exception to make sure that this makes the press in time for the News’ December edition.

Regarding Newcastle’s voters who regard themselves as Democrats, as an independent/third party chairman (Commons), it is at least interesting to see so many of them vote “Republican” in the nonpartisan council elections over the years, and I hope they will continue that trend in next year’s 9th District U.S. Representative election, because the Party of Commons just might decide to become affiliated with the G.O.P., again, in order to bring a slightly leftward tilt to that major party, as it was in Theodore Roosevelt’s trust-busting era, for a change.

Mark Greene



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