Utilities Commission

The Utilities Commission was established in the 1980's when the Town reviewed applications and selected its first cable television company. At the time the FCC allowed cities to regulate cable rates. The Town Council felt it needed a commission to review the details of this new activity and make rate-change recommendations to the Council for action.

Since then the FCC has taken away the opportunity for cities to regulate cable rates and the City staff has had the responsibility of managing the cable franchise. After the FCC took rate regulation away, Clyde Hill expanded the role of the Utilities Commission to be a watchdog for other utilities operating in the city. During that time the Utilities Commission met sporadically every few years to hear reports from utility companies serving the city but did not meet on a regular basis and has not provided significant input to the Council on such matters for many years.

In December 2013, the City Council repealed Chapter 2.22 of the Clyde Hill Municipal Code eliminating the Utilities Commission.