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South Dakota Public Utilities Commission Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2002; 11:30 A.M.
State Capitol Building, Room 412
Pierre, South Dakota
MINUTES OF THE AD HOC MEETING
Chairman Jim Burg called the meeting to order. Present were Commissioner Bob Sahr; Deputy Executive Director Sue Cichos; Commission Counsel Rolayne Ailts Wiest; Staff Attorneys Karen Cremer and Kelly Frazier; Staff Analysts Dave Jacobson, Harlan Best, Heather Forney, Keith Senger, and Michele Farris; and Administrative Secretary Mary Giddings.
Also present was Dave Gerdes, Midcontinent Communications.
Joining the meeting by telephone were Commissioner Pam Nelson; Colleen Sevold, Mary Hobson and Tom Welk, Qwest Corporation; Mary Lohnes and Tom Simmons, Midcontinent Communications; Greg Bernard, Black Hills FiberCom; Letty Friesen and Janet Brown, AT&T; and Dr. Buster Griffing, QSI.
Dave Gerdes, representing Midcontinent Communications, explained the motion to suspend the procedural schedule or to allow supplemental testimony to be filed. Letty Friesen, AT&T, requested that the Commission suspend the procedural schedule. Ms. Cremer stated that it is Staff's position that any testimony that is not impacted by the Track A/B analysis be filed and once the Commission makes a determination on Midco's motion as to what is required for a Track A filing, then Staff and intervenors can respond accordingly. Ms. Cremer added that the hearing date should not have to be changed, just the filing dates for testimony. Mary Hobson, Qwest, argued that the schedule should not be suspended because this is a Track A filing and did not object to supplemental testimony, if necessary. After further discussion, Commissioner Sahr inquired if there were any objections to allowing all parties to supplement their testimony. There were no objections.
Chairman Burg moved to allow supplements to prefiled testimony, if necessary. Commissioner Sahr seconded and Commissioner Nelson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.
Chairman Burg moved to deny AT&T's motion to suspend the procedural schedule. Commissioner Sahr seconded and Commissioner Nelson concurred. Motion passed 3-0.
Mary R. Giddings