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WAPA NAMES POWER PLANT FOR RANDOLPH HARLEY

Dec. 20, 2002 – The Water and Power Authority board has named the utility's Krum Bay power plant on St. Thomas's south shore after longtime employee Randolph Harley.
The decision was made at Thursday's WAPA board meeting to honor a resolution sponsored earlier this year by Sen. Celestino A. White Sr. petitioning the utility to take that action.
WAPA management had recommended naming the utility's East End St. Thomas substation after the deceased Harley, stating that his name would be seen and remembered more with that tribute.
Alberto Bruno-Vega, attending his first WAPA board meeting since beginning work as executive director on Dec. 10, said that during his first stint as executive director, in 1989-85, he had worked with Harley. Since Harley spent most of his career in the transmission and distribution area, Bruno-Vega said, naming the substation after him would be appropriate.
However, Bruno-Vega said on Thursday that he decided to endorse the renaming of the Krum Bay power plant instead based on "overwhelming employee sentiment."
Harley, a well-known and popular employee, rose through the ranks at WAPA, starting as an apprentice electrician and winding up as special assistant to the assistant executive director. Along the way, he was line superintendent, director of electrical distribution and customer services, and St. Croix plant superintendent.
The board on Thursday also:
– Decided to establish a policy on future naming of WAPA's buildings and other structures.
– Approved supplemental contracts with three firms to continue work on WAPA's rate relief petition and bond issue pending before the Public Services Commission.
– Decided to pursue negotiation with the Public Works Department for the possible purchase of No. 10 Sub Base.

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Dec. 20, 2002 - The Water and Power Authority board has named the utility's Krum Bay power plant on St. Thomas's south shore after longtime employee Randolph Harley.
The decision was made at Thursday's WAPA board meeting to honor a resolution sponsored earlier this year by Sen. Celestino A. White Sr. petitioning the utility to take that action.
WAPA management had recommended naming the utility's East End St. Thomas substation after the deceased Harley, stating that his name would be seen and remembered more with that tribute.
Alberto Bruno-Vega, attending his first WAPA board meeting since beginning work as executive director on Dec. 10, said that during his first stint as executive director, in 1989-85, he had worked with Harley. Since Harley spent most of his career in the transmission and distribution area, Bruno-Vega said, naming the substation after him would be appropriate.
However, Bruno-Vega said on Thursday that he decided to endorse the renaming of the Krum Bay power plant instead based on "overwhelming employee sentiment."
Harley, a well-known and popular employee, rose through the ranks at WAPA, starting as an apprentice electrician and winding up as special assistant to the assistant executive director. Along the way, he was line superintendent, director of electrical distribution and customer services, and St. Croix plant superintendent.
The board on Thursday also:
- Decided to establish a policy on future naming of WAPA's buildings and other structures.
- Approved supplemental contracts with three firms to continue work on WAPA's rate relief petition and bond issue pending before the Public Services Commission.
- Decided to pursue negotiation with the Public Works Department for the possible purchase of No. 10 Sub Base.

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