ARPA, LUB Mediation Set for January 2015

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The Lamar Utility Board held its final monthly meeting of the year on Tuesday, December 9.  General housekeeping matters occupied the majority of the agenda.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted that mediation with ARPA regarding a pending lawsuit will begin next year, on January 14th  through the 16th.

Hourieh stated that although a mediator has been named, the location for the formal process has not been announced.  He said that all groups would be represented, “Mike Bryant, Board Chairman will attend as well as Lamar Mayor Roger Stagner, Councilman Kirk Crespin, Administrator John Sutherland and myself.”  He added that attorneys for all involved parties, ARPA, LUB, City of Lamar and the Citizen’s private lawsuit will be on hand.

The interest rate paid on utility deposits as mandated by the PUC will remain the same at 0.34%, as it has since 2011.  The Charter Appropriation Adjustment has been set at $0.0199, or basically two cents for 2015.  The appropriation to the City of Lamar is derived by multiplying the Adjustment to the number of kilowatt hours of sales in a given year.  The city receives approximately $1,647,779 for operating expenses for the following year.

The monthly financial report shows retail revenue through November is 2.8% higher than last year at this time.  Total sales of kilowatt hours are approximately a half a percent lower than 2013.  Year to Date commercial sales are down 2.5%, irrigation sales at 104% higher than this time in 2013 and residential sales are down approximately 5.2%.

The next utility board meeting is scheduled for the second Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

By Russ Baldwin

 

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