Minutes of Regular Meeting NRPPD Board of Directors January 25, 2018 Unapproved

The regular meeting of Directors of Northwest Rural Public Power District (NRPPD) was held in the Conference Room of the District January 25, 2018 at 1:00 PM.

The meeting was called to order by the president, Wayne Cobb.  Directors who answered the roll call were Bruce Troester, Wayne Cobb, Terry Terrell, Robert Rickenbach, Marcus Sandberg, Lee Ahrens, and Gary Fuchser.

Also present were Chance Briscoe, manager; Arlene Lahaye, office manager; Ron Olson, operations manager; Les Tlustos, consumer services; Terry Curtiss, District Counsel; and John Hessler, employee.

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, seconded by Gary Fuchser to accept the order of business as published and supplemented at this meeting; motion carried.

A motion was made by Lee Ahrens, seconded by Terry Terrell, that the minutes of the meeting held December 28, 2017 be approved as published and provided to all directors on January 19th; motion carried.

The Board reviewed the Check Register and Payroll Summary for the month of December.

Wayne Cobb requested Terry Curtiss act as President Pro Tem for the election of board president. Mr. Curtiss requested nominations for board president. Gary Fuchser nominated Wayne Cobb. A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, seconded by Bruce Troester to cease nomination and cast a unanimous vote for Wayne Cobb; Lee Ahrens, aye; Bruce Troester, aye, Wayne Cobb, abstain; Robert Rickenbach, aye; Gary Fuchser, aye; Terry Terrell, aye; and Marcus Sandberg, aye; motion carried.

Terry Curtiss turned the meeting over to Wayne Cobb at 1:10 PM.

A motion was made by Gary Fuchser, seconded by Bruce Troester to retain the officers as follows: 

Vice President: Bruce Troester

Secretary: Robert Rickenbach

Treasurer: Terry Terrell

Assistant Treasurer: Gary Fuchser

Recording Secretary: Arlene Lahaye

Tri-State Director: Gary Fuchser

NREA Director: Terry Terrell

A motion was made by Terry Terrell, seconded by Marcus Sandberg to cease nominations and cast a unanimous vote; motion carried.

Chance discussed Policy #503, Customer’s Buyout for Cancelled Projects. A discussed was held on NRPPD’s Line Extension Policy and the cost affect to NRPPD when a Customer cancels their project after the service has been built. A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, seconded by Gary Fuchser to approve Policy #503; motion carried.

Chance discussed the proposed letter of support for Crow Butte Resources Expansion of Operations. A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, seconded by Gary Fuchser to approve the letter of support for Crow Butte Resources; motion carried.

Chance reviewed Policy #600, Residential Prepay Rate for 2018. A discussion followed with a motion being made by Bruce Troester, seconded by Marcus Sandberg to approve Policy #600; motion carried.

Les reviewed the changes to the 2018 Tri-State and NRPPD Rebate Programs. A motion was made by Bruce Troester, seconded by Robert Rickenbach to approve the 2018 Rebate Programs; motion carried.

The preliminary December year-end financial reports were tabled until the February Meeting.

Ron reviewed the Safety Statistics for December.  The Safety Report was discussed including the incidents and the training that occurred during the month. A motion was made by Robert Rickenbach, seconded by Marcus Sandberg to accept the December Safety Report; motion carried.

Ron reviewed the December Outage Report. There were 1325 customers out during the month for a total of 39 customer hours. The main cause for the outages were power supplier. Ron informed the Board that NPPD passed their budget to upgrade their line between Hay Springs and Rushville, which has been the leading cause for NRPPD’s outages on the Rush Creek Substation.

Les stated that the deadline for the Basin/Tri-State Scholarships applications is February 16th. The scholarship selection committee will meet prior to the February Board Meeting.

Les informed the Board that NRPPD has had discussion with the City of Gordon concerning their plans to install 22.8 kW co-gen solar system on two of their wells. A discussion was held on the total required kW that NRPPD must allow under LB 436 with the addition of the proposed addition of 45 kW. The City of Gordon’s existing rate was discussed in relationship to the addition of the co-gen component.

Les handed out the 2018 ACRE information to the Board.

Chance reported on the NRECA CEO Conference he attended and the discussion of GrassTops where industry ceo’s and management lobby their respective congressional representatives. 

Chance stated that during our last month Tri-State Managers’ meeting that he was encouraged by the direction of the finance committee that requested input from the manager’s group regarding Capital Credit Retirements, Deferred Revenue, and the Holcomb Write-off. However, during the presentation at this month’s meeting there was no attempt to elicit feedback from the managers and the Holcomb topic was not even raised. 

Gary Fuchser reported on the Tri-State meeting he attended and the Strategic Planning Session that occurred as part of the meeting.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the president declared the meeting adjourned at 2:43 PM.

Approved: President

Signed: Secretary

Published: February 14, 2018