Anderson Departs Lamar Utilities Board


Anderson Receives Commemorative Gift from Houssin Hourieh

Anderson Receives Commemorative Gift from Houssin Hourieh

The Lamar Utility Board passed a resolution recognizing outgoing chairman David Anderson for his service to the community over the past five years.  He was presented with a unique combination clock and functional electric meter by Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, during the Tuesday meeting, July 29.

Hourieh noted that Anderson’s departure leaves a vacancy on the utilities board and a new chairman will have to be elected from current members.  He said anyone interested in serving may get an application from either the City of Lamar offices or at the Light Plant offices on North Second Street.

In other action, the board tabled consideration of a separate Federal Tax Identification Number from the City of Lamar, pending the finalization of some outstanding issues.  Superintendent Hourieh presented the June 2014 Financial Report for board members, noting that Cash has increased $76,210 from May and accounts receivable increased by $172,092.  The total operating revenue for July is $1,138,129 with total operation costs of $1,107,580 for a gross operating profit of $30,549.  With non-operating revenues and expenses taken into consideration, there is a net loss for the month of $30,914.  Year to Date with last year, when compared to 2013, retail sales are up approximately $114,059 or 2% comparing June 2014 to 2013 and overall operating expenses are down approximately $222,803 or 4% for a net profit for the year of $16,068.

Every May since 1999, the Light Plant tracks total customer meter numbers and for this year, there was a total of 5,648 customers connected, while in 2003 there were 5,836.  In 2010, the lowest count was 5,636.  Hourieh suggested that the number’s decline was attributable to Neoplan USA’s closing just prior to 2004.

By Russ Baldwin

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