Minutes of the Regular Meeting NRPPD Board of Directors, July 24, 2014, Unapproved

The regular meeting of Directors of Northwest Rural Public Power District (NRPPD) was held in the Conference Room of the District July 24, 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, Lee Ahrens, and Mike Van Buskirk. Jim Johnson was absent.

Also present were Chance Briscoe, manager; Arlene Lahaye, office manager; Russ Reichenberg, line superintendent; 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 Gary Fuchser, duly seconded by Mike Van Buskirk to accept the order of business as published and supplemented at this meeting; motion carried.

A motion was made by Mike Van Buskirk, duly seconded Wayne Cobb, that the minutes of the meeting held June 26th be approved as published and mailed to all directors on July 18th; motion carried.

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

Russ Reichenberg reviewed the June safety report.  Russ discussed the high potential incident, injuries and the vehicle accident that occurred during the month. The damage caused by non-NRPPD personnel was also discussed. The training that occurred during the month was discussed. A motion was made by Lee Ahrens, duly seconded by Wayne Cobb to accept the June safety report; motion carried.

Chance Briscoe informed the Board that NRPPD’s AMI is approximately 70% deployed and intends to be totally deployed by the end of the year.

Russ Reichenberg stated that NEMA will be inspecting the repair work completed on the October 2013 storm. When the work has been inspected and approved NRPPD will receive approximately $73,000 from NEMA.

Verizon has completed the upgrade on NRPPD’s tower south of Gordon. Per NRPPD’s agreement with Verizon they will pay an additional $21,400 for the next five years. In 2019 the lease reverts back to the original price with provisions for annual increases.

Russ Reichenberg also informed the Board that NRPPD has replaced the roof due to problems with leaks. The old roof was 26 years old and had developed multiple leaks.

Russ Reichenberg reviewed the vehicle replacement plan. Will be replacing one of the large bucket trucks with two small buckets and putting a 4-wheel drive under the existing digger truck and would order the next digger truck as 4-wheel drive. 

Chance Briscoe reported on the past month’s activities. Chance attended the Tri-State Board Meeting and the Tri-State Managers’ Meeting. At the July Tri-State meeting there was a discussion on the potential debt refinancing of Tri-State’s debt. Other discussions included a further review of the new EPA proposal for carbon emissions reductions; a review of the Holcomb generation plant, and the formation of a new Contract Committee. The Tri-State Managers’ Meeting a discussion was also held on the review of the Holcomb generation plant and the creation of advisory councils in the member relations department and a report from the new Tri-State CEO Mike McInnes.

Chance attended the Nebraska Water Resources meeting held in Broken Bow where public power districts and irrigation districts discussed proposed legislative actions in regard to water issues.

Kory Hammerbeck from Rushmore Electric visited with a few employees concerning our internal networking hardware issues and external/radio networks for AMI and SCADA purposes. NRPPD will be proceeding with the internal networking recommendations by installing server s into racks. NRPPD made a visit to Rapid City to view some of the other capabilities of their external networking options and other options that Rushmore Electric may be able to make available to NRPPD. 

Chance also attended the quarterly MDM Meeting held at Roosevelt PPD. Some topics discussed were processing credit card payments, FR clothing, truck and trailer issues, community solar gardens, Tri-State issues, budgeting tools, and the August NREA Board Meeting.

Chance also attended NRPPD’s July Safety Meeting and the Basin’s Managers Meeting.

Chance reviewed the 2013 CFC KRTA (Key Ratio Trend Analysis). The KRTA looks at NRPPD’s operating system and compares it nationwide, statewide and to other system categories.   

Gary Fuchser reported on the Tri-State meeting he attended. The Holcomb plant was discussed and the costs associated with the plant.  Laramie River is out of operation with a blade problem. 

Chance Briscoe updated the Board on that the NPSIG group has signed off on the right to appeal and Tri-State has also signed off on their right to recover court costs.

A motion was made by Wayne Cobb, duly seconded by Mike Van Buskirk to excuse Jim Johnson’s absence; motion carried.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the president declared the meeting adjourned at 3:40PM. 

Approved: President

Signed: Secretary

Published: August 20, 2014