Mock billing is top concern at 130th Eng. Bde. town hall

| June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments
The audience waits for opening remarks during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, town hall meeting at the Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks, May 24.

The audience waits for opening remarks during the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, town hall meeting at the Sgt. Smith Theater, Schofield Barracks, May 24.

Story and Photo by
Capt. Stephen Robinson
130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 1,200 Soldiers and family members gathered to discuss current issues at the Sgt. Smith Theater, here, May 24.

This town hall was the fourth for 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment.

Accompanied by a panel of subject matter experts, Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde., opened the meeting with a warm welcome to special guests: Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commander, 8th TSC; his wife, Cathy; Soldiers; and family members in attendance.

“As I explained at previous meetings, the brigade is making every effort in keeping our family members and entire community informed by bringing in agency speakers to address any concern brought forward,” Milhorn told the crowd. “Now, before we begin addressing the panel of (SMEs), remember these town halls serve as a tool for relaying information to you, and they also serve as a good platform to get answers to your questions.”

The agenda’s highlights included a three-month calendar review of upcoming activities and projects, Volunteer of the Quarter and the Volunteer of the Year award recognitions, a question-and-answer session and several door prizes.

During the question-and-answer segment, Gordon Wiborg Jr., deputy chief of police, Area-North, Directorate of Emergency Services, answered questions from attendees regarding why a one-stop satellite city hall is not on post to help streamline vehicle registrations for service members and their families.

“The Provost Marshal’s Office is currently collaborating with other agencies to establish one-stop operations for vehicle registration,” he said. “The issue is being worked; however, with budget restraints, there’s no time frame allotted for completion.”

The most pressing concern of the evening was centered about mock billing.

An audience member asked Island Palm Communities’ panel members how utility billing is being defined for on-post housing, especially for homes with higher occupancy.

“Mock billing is currently set on size of home, not occupancy,” said Brad Richards, IPC. “However, personnel can request an energy assessment if (they are) incurring a high utility bill.”

Milhorn and Command Sgt. Maj. Ray Ward presented Nina Elison, wife of Capt. Thomas Elison, commander, 523rd Eng. Co., 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde, with the brigade’s Volunteer of the Year award.

Valerie Sturgill, Nicole Paradiso and Jamie Cho, all brigade family members, also received Volunteer of the Quarter award recognitions, with a certificate of appreciation, a brigade coin and lei.

The next brigade town hall is scheduled for August.

 

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