Minutes of the Regular Meeting NRPPD Board of Directors, March 27, 2014

The regular February meeting of directors of Northwest Rural was held in the Conference Room of the District March 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Robert Rickenbach.  Directors who answered the roll call were Wayne Cobb, Robert Rickenbach, Bruce Troester, Gary Fuchser, Jim Johnson, Lee Ahrens, and Mike Van Buskirk.

Also present were Chance Briscoe, manager; Arlene Lahaye, office manager; Russ Reichenberg, line superintendent; Ron Housh, planning engineer; Les Tlustos, consumer services; and Terry Curtiss, District Counsel.

The Open Meeting Law posting was acknowledged. 

All votes are unanimous upon a roll call vote unless noted.

A motion was made by Wayne Cobb, duly seconded by Gary Fuchser to accept the order of business as  published and supplemented at this meeting; motion carried.

A motion was made by Gary Fuchser, duly seconded Lee Ahrens, that the minutes of the meeting held February 27th be approved as published and mailed to all directors on March 22nd; motion carried.

The office manager reviewed the February financial reports and reviewed graphs on kWh purchased and sold along with cash flow graphs. A motion was made by Bruce Troester, duly seconded by Wayne Cobb to accept the February financial reports; motion carried.

Russ Reichenberg reviewed the proposed changes to E1 Safety Policy. A discussion followed with a motion being made by Mike Van Buskirk, duly seconded by Wayne Cobb to accept the changes to policy E1; motion carried.

Chance Briscoe presented the following resolution for the Directors consideration:

RESOLUTION 1-2014

401K Plan Account Trustee Appointment

WHEREAS, NRPPD has a 401k Plan Account with Arbor Wealth Management of Lincoln, NE; and

WHEREAS, the NRPPD Board of Directors assign individuals to be trustees of the account; and

WHEREAS, currently the trustees are assigned as Rolland Skinner and Arlene LaHaye; and

WHEREAS, Rolland Skinner is no longer the General Manager of NRPPD;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Rolland Skinner is removed from the trustee list with Arbor Wealth Management; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Chance Briscoe is hereby appointed as trustee with Arbor Wealth Management.

A discussion followed with a motion being made by Gary Fuchser, duly seconded by Mike Van Buskirk to approve Resolution 1-2014; motion carried.

Russ Reichenberg reviewed the February safety report.  There were no injuries for the month of February. A discussion was held on the property damage, near miss and training that occurred during the month.  A motion was made by Wayne Cobb, duly seconded by Gary Fuchser, and unanimously carried to accept the February safety report.

Ron Housh reported that the AMI meters in the Crawford area have been installed and are working.

Arlene Lahaye informed the Board that the Auditor will be here the week of April 7th, and will set up a time for the President and Treasurer to meet with the Auditor.

Les Tlustos reported on LB965 “externalities”, this bill deals with the approval of generation and transmission projects. NREA has opposed this bill and has organized a grassroots campaign to voice opposition. 

Chance Briscoe handed out a General Manager Report, which consisted of Legislative updates, Tri-State Board Meeting, NE One Call Meeting, Consumer and Community Meetings, Meeting with a candidate for Governor, Safety Meeting, and a scheduled meeting with Robert Scrivner to discuss rate philosophy and cost of service studies. The Board was informed that the paper work for the asset transfer of the WAPA Sub transformer to Tri-State is complete and ready for signature.

Rolland Skinner joined the meeting at 2:00 PM.

Gary Fuchser Reported on the Tri-State meeting he attended.

Robert Rickenbach and Lee Ahrens reported on the NRECA/NRUCFC Annual Meeting they attended. The focus was on technology and how it can be use in our industry.

Chance Briscoe handed out a proposed customer update notice pertaining to the NPSIG issue that could be used as a mailing to our customers.  It was the consensus of the Board to mail the update.

At 3:43 PM a motion was made by Bruce Troester, duly seconded by Lee Ahrens to go into an executive session to discuss NPSIG issues.  Lee Ahrens, aye; Mike Van Buskirk, aye; Bruce Troester, aye; Wayne Cobb, abstain; Robert Rickenbach, aye; Gary Fuchser, abstain; Jim Johnson, aye; motion carried.

Wayne Cobb, Gary Fuchser, Les Tlustos, Ron Housh, Russ Reichenberg and Arlene Lahaye left the meeting at 2:47 PM.

At 4:13 PM a motion was made by Jim Johnson, duly seconded by Mike Van Buskirk to come out of executive session; Lee Ahrens, aye; Mike Van Buskirk, aye; Bruce Troester, aye; Wayne Cobb, absent; Robert Rickenbach, aye; Gary Fuchser, absent; Jim Johnson, aye; motion carried.  

It was the Board consensus to direct staff and president to retain James Kilroy as trial co-counsel with Phillip Roselli.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the President declared the meeting adjourned at 4:16 PM.

Approved: President

Signed: Secretary

Published: April 16, 2014