BY JUSTIN HODGES
The Paris Utility Authority observed a moment of silence Tuesday for one of its employees who died last week of complications from COVID-19.
Tim Matheny, 55, died Friday. He had spent the last 10 years working as a water treatment plant operator for the PUA.
“Tim was a true company guy. His work ethic and love for his job, as well as this organization, was unmatched. He had a kind heart, a unique spirit and a contagious smile. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed,” said Terry Wimberley, PUA president/CEO.
Wimberley also shared a story of how Matheny worked the night shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. for many years and would bring breakfast to those working the morning shift after he got off.
Matheny is survived by his wife, two sons, two grandsons, two brothers, his in-laws and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, according to his obituary that was published by McEvoy Funeral Home.
In other meeting news:
• The PUA saw a negative net income in its electric and water departments for December. Wimberley said it is not unusual for that to happen in December and the utility’s earnings were in fact higher than they were in December of 2019. Wimberley pointed to an electrical deficit of 8.1 million kilowatt hours purchased that were not sold in December and a significant amount of overtime labor for water department employees during the month as reasons for the negative income.
• The PUA wastewater department had a positive net income of about $30,000 for the month.
• The board approved a quarterly write-off of delinquent accounts that amounted to more than $7,000.