Temporary LUB Chairman Appointed

Lamar Repowering Project

Lamar Repowering Project

Mike Bryant was elected as a temporary board chairman by members of the Lamar Utilities Board during their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 12.  Rick Beard was elected to serve as vice-chairman.  Both members will serve in this capacity until a replacement for David Anderson has been recommended by the Utility Board and approved by the Lamar City Council.  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told the board that one application has been received to date as the board continues to advertise for a new member.  Anderson served the board for five years and his term expired at the end of July.  Bryant became the temporary chairman in his absence.  Hourieh stated that anyone wishing to apply for the position can obtain an application form either from the Light Plant offices on North Second Street or from the City of Lamar offices.

Hourieh noted that discussions are underway for the Repowering Project’s 2015 budget and work is underway with scheduled distribution system upgrades, substation maintenance and the maintenance of the wind substation.  A new gearbox is currently being installed in the T-2 wind turbine, a process expected to take about two weeks.  A safety and education program is also underway for the Light Plant’s turbine repair crew.  Hourieh added that a representative from the NMPP, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, a firm that assists the power plant in its financial planning, will be kept up to date on the 2015 budget planning sessions and will present his recommendations to the board.

By Russ Baldwin

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