About Us

The Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach, (UCNSB) provides electric, water, wastewater, and reuse water in the greater New Smyrna Beach area. We have approximately 26,000 electric customers, 25,000 water customers, 20,000 wastewater customers, and 1,400 reuse water customers.

The Utilities Commission is funded solely through utility revenues and is not a taxing authority. The proposed FY 2016 budget is $63.9 million. There are approximately 160 full-time and contract employees (155 employees plus 5 U.C. Commissioners) directed by a General Manager/CEO, William R. Mitchum, who is selected under contract by the Utilities Commission.

The Utilities Commission began in 1965 and was later created as a non-taxing, political subdivision of the State of Florida, created by Special Legislative Act, Public Law 67-1754, and as amended by Public Law 85-503. 


The Utilities Commission is not a department of the City of New Smyrna Beach.  Many cities have water resources as a department and some cities include electric services, and only a few public electric utilities have bifurcated governance or are separate from the municipality. It should also be noted that the Utilities Commission serves some customers outside the City of New Smyrna Beach (in adjacent Volusia County areas).


In accordance with the amended special legislative act the City Commission has specific oversight; i.e., approval of the Utilities Commission’s annual budget (O&M only), approval of contracts over four years in length, and appointment of the Utilities Commissioners by the City Commission.

 

Transparency For Integrity 

In continued efforts by the Utilities Commission regarding transparency and enhancing communications to our customers, posted periodically on this web page will be some of the emails forwarded to the Utilities Commissioners from the U.C.’s CEO/General Manager and UC Legal Counsel. 

It is hoped these emails will provide insight and understanding to our customers regarding the operations of your local utility, as well as staff’s efforts in providing you with your quality electric, water, and wastewater services. 

For public meeting information, please review our “Commission – Agenda & Minutes” page for our agendas, minutes, and results of our Commission meetings. 

For additional business documentation, please check out our “Finance Department’s” page for our annual audit and budget documents and our “Studies and Presentations” page for our utility system studies and associated presentations, and also details regarding our strategic initiatives and annual accomplishments. 

For an understanding of our legal formation and structure, please refer to the information to the left and also to the “Resolutions” page. 

Thank you for your interest in your local, public utility service provider.  


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Our Commissioners
 
The Commission meets regularly on the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the DeBerry Room.
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Meetings 2017
 
 
  W.E. (Bill) Biedenbach,
Chairman
Term Expires September 2017
Contact Number: 386-427-2456
Email: wbiedenbach@ucnsb.org
 
1d956fa Jack Holcomb,
Vice Chairman 

Term Expires September 2018
Contact Number: 386-424-3001
Email: jholcomb@ucnsb.org

 

             
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Bernadette Britz-Parker,
SECRETARY TREASURER

Term Expires September 2019
Contact Number: 386-424-3001
Email: bbritz-parker@ucnsb.org

 

 

 
 Commissioner-Griffith

Lee B. Griffith,
ASST. SECRETARY TREASURER
Term Expires September 2018
Contact Number: 561-306-0454
Email: lgriffith@ucnsb.org

 
 
             
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James (“Buddy”) Davenport,
 Commissioner

Term Expires September 2019
Contact Number: 386-426-2886
Email: jdavenport@ucnsb.org