|By Al Owens
Meeting in regular
session this month, the Electric Plant Board of the City of Vanceburg entered closed
session to discuss pending litigation with Grayson Electric in the dispute over customers
in the St. Paul area.
When returning to open session Board Member Charles Ross said, "Ill make the
motion that the Electric Plant Board reject Graysons latest proposal but is willing
to continue with the settlement agreement that has been tentatively agreed to when
revised." The motion carried with a unanimous vote.
The board accepted the resignation of Donnie Ginn. Ginns retirement becomes
effective on Friday, September 26. Board Superintendent Phil Kennedy said that he has no
plans to hire a mechanic to replace Ginn but has a recommendation he will present to the
board at the October meeting.
Kennedy invited the board members, Board Attorney Clayton "Buddy" Lykins,
Jr., representatives of W.M. Lewis and Associates and the press to accompany him on a tour
of the water system on Saturday, October 4, at 9:00 a.m. He also plans to show the board
the SCATA system that will enable employees to monitor the system using computers.
The Superintendent noted that in time the SCATA system will also be set up to monitor
the electric system.
He informed the board that the annual audit is done except for receiving some letters,
and he plans to present that audit at the next regular session.
In his routine monthly report to the board Kennedy mentioned the system-wide electric
outage when the lines at Flat Hollow were reconnected overnight on August 23. He praised
Davis H. Electric for a great job in accomplishing the work.
Bob Brown of W.M. Lewis and Associates, Portsmouth, Ohio, explained that two structures
were replaced at Flat Hollow. Brown said that the old conductor was pulled out and
replaced because it was in bad shape.
Bill Lewis of W.M. Lewis Associates agreed that the situation during the ice storm
would have been a lot worse if the utility company had not made the improvements it did
Kennedy noted that the water in Vanceburg
was turned off for a while on September 9. He said a company was digging at the site of
some old gas tanks looking for contamination and severed a water line. He told the board
that the unidentified company would pay for the damages.
Kennedy announced that the bond closing for the Southern Lewis County Water Project was
closed on Tuesday, September 9. He said that the rates were lower than expected. The going
rate was 4.5 percent but they got the market rate of 4.25 percent, and that will save the
company about $80,000 over the course of the bond issue.
He told the board that 95 percent of the water lines for the project have been
installed, and the new tank is going up on Indian.
Kennedy stated that the company was hoping to have 350 customers but the folk are
thrilled to have water and the number of customers has already exceeded that expectation.
He expects nearly 500 households to sign up to get the water.
Referring to the project he said, "We did the right thing. This water system is
doing great, and Im proud of it."
He added, "Down the road were going to do some improvements to the sewer
Kennedy said that the tree trimmers are in the area and have a lot of work to do as a
result of the ice storm.
The superintendent said that the natural gas rates would be higher this winter.
However, he said that he has locked in 50 percent of the rates the company pays for gas
and is floating on the other half. With what the company has put aside gas rates may not
increase this year.
He explained that if the company is forced to raise rates it would be by about 15
The board routinely approved the financial reports and the September invoices. The
meeting was adjourned until the boards next regular session scheduled for Tuesday
night, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. at the office on Front Street.