Utilities Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 9 or 10 a.m., depending on date
  • 2nd Tuesday of every month (at minimum, once a quarter)
  • 1053 20th Place
    City Hall Council Chambers
    Vero Beach, FL 32960

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Robert Auwaerter, Chairman
    Appointed by Indian River Shores Representative
  • James Rock Tonkel, Vice Chairman
    Appointed by Laura Moss on November 2018
  • Mark Mucher, Member at Large
  • Jane Burton
    Appointed by Lange Sykes on November 2018
  • Chuck Mechling
    Appointed by Harry Howle III on November 2019
  • Lance Morgan
    Appointed by Val Zudans on November 2019
  • Herb Whittall
    Appointed by Anthony W Young on November 2018
  • George Baczynski, Alternate Number 1
  • Judy Orcutt, Alternate Number 2
  • Richard G. McDermott, Jr. (Alternate IR Shores Representative)



The Utilities Commission shall provide recommendations and advice to the City Council on all matters related to the administration and operation of the City’s utilities, including:

  • Efficient and Economic Operations
  • Expansion and Contraction of Service Areas
  • Finances and Accounting
  • Improvements
  • Maintenance
  • Rates and Fees, Including Taxes
  • Other Matters Specifically Relating to the Electric, Water and Sewer, and Solid Waste Enterprise Funds

Seeking Counsel, Reviewing & Other Actions

The Commission may seek counsel with the City Manager and the other Charter Officers from time to time, as well as City department heads and employees as the Commission finds necessary. In performing its mission, the Commission shall initiate and provide its own proposals, recommendations, and alternatives to the City Council. In addition, the Commission shall also review and constructively critique all proposals from City staff, consultants, and the public and make its own independent recommendations on such proposals in order to provide the best and most complete information possible to the City Council.

Additional Member Information

Any Commission member may request the City Clerk to coordinate with the Commission Chairman to place items on the Commission agenda and/or request a Commission meeting. Meetings may also be called by the City Council to review issues prior to City Council deliberations. The Utilities Commission shall meet at least once every quarter. The Commission is expressly charged with representing and considering all utility customers of the City in its activities, including City resident and non-resident customers alike. As long as the Town of Indian River Shores receives utility services from the City of Vero Beach under a franchise, at least one (1) member of the Utilities Commission shall be a resident of the Town of Indian River Shores.