Minutes of Regular Meeting NRPPD Board of Directors, April 21, 2015, Unapproved

The regular meeting of Directors of Northwest Rural Public Power District (NRPPD) was held in the Conference Room of the District April 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM.

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

Also present were Chance Briscoe, manager; Arlene Lahaye, office manager; Russ Reichenberg, line superintendent; 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 Robert Rickenbach, 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 Bruce Troester, duly seconded by Robert Rickenbach, that the minutes of the meeting held March 26, 2015 be approved as published and provided to all directors on April 14th; Lee Ahrens, aye, Mike Van Buskirk, abstain; Bruce Troester, aye; Tony Hindman; Wayne Cobb; Robert Rickenbach, aye; Gary Fushcer, aye; motion carried.

Linda Rotness and Mike Knueppel with the Dawes County Historical Society stated that the museum is raising funds for a new structure to house a collection of innovative early farm equipment designed and built by Marcus Cain. Mr. Cain farmed on the Table about 17 miles south of Chadron for approximately 50 years. No action was taken at this time.

Linda Rotness and Mike Knueppel left the meeting at 1:15 PM.

Chance reviewed the background of the TWACS system. NRPPD had some failed AMI meters that has been related to a bad connection. Chance reviewed the TWACS Goodwill Agreement and Release, which outlines the replacement of the failed meters. A motion was made by Mike Van Buskirk, duly seconded by Tony Hindman to approve the execution of the TWACS Goodwill Agreement and Release; motion carried.

Arlene reviewed the March financial reports, and Chance reviewed the load charts for March. A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, duly seconded by Gary Fuchser to accept the March financial reports; motion carried.

Russ reviewed the Safety Statistics for February. NRPPD has reached 750,249 hours worked without a lost time accident. The injury, property damage and training that occurred during the month were discussed. A motion was made by Wayne Cobb, duly seconded by Tony Hindman to accept the February Safety Report.

Chance discussed the Federated Safety and Loss Assessment Report with the Board. Chance stated that Stan Bray was very complimentary of NRPPD employees and facilities.

Russ reported on the Safety Summit he, Ron Olson and Trampas Belknap attended. The summit brings all the states together to promote the Culture of Safety. The theme for the 2015 summit was “Quest for Zero”, Russ felt that the summit was very beneficial. 

Chance attended the CFC Meeting for 100% borrowers. The meeting provided a behind the scenes look of how CFC obtains funds in the open market.

Chance also reported on the Tri-State Rate Committee meeting. The committee reviewed the Cost of Service Study information and reviewed the last meeting’s polling. The five new rate options were reviewed and after a discussion another round of polling occurred. The Rate Committee polling results were reviewed and discussed. 

Chance stated that he will be inviting an employee, each month, to attend the Board Meeting. Dates to hold a Strategic Planning Meeting were discussed but not finalized.

Gary Fuchser reported on the Tri-State Board Meeting. The margins ending February 2015 were 22 million compared to 11 million budgeted.

Robert Rickenbach reported on the Tri-State Annual Meeting, which covered The 2014 Annual Report “Powering Forward Together”. A discussion was held on the by-law amendment that allows the Tri-State Board of Directors to set capital credits retirement policy.

Mike Van Buskirk reported on the NRECA/NRUCFC Annual Meeting. Mike reported on the Grassroots Strategies Session he attended. Mike also reported on the address given by Sheldon Peterson, CFC CEO.

Mike also reported on the Directors Conference. Mike attended a session on Cyber Security and a session dealing with the focus on solar generation, among others.

Item for the May Agenda will be the Dawes County Historical Society.

Terry Curtiss informed the Board that the briefs were submitted on April 20th on the NADC issue. The next brief is due May 5th.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the president declared the meeting adjourned at 3:45 PM. 

Approved: President

Signed: Secretary

Published: May 27, 2015