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Friday, April 19, 2019

April 23, 2019 Glasgow EPB Regular Meeting

Glasgow EPB is committed to publishing its Tentative Agenda, along with some information about that agenda, as we have done for several months after agreeing with City of Glasgow to do so. A problem has arisen in that the customary Tentative Agenda, developed by EPB Superintendent, is presently subject to editing by Board Chairperson Froedge, and that suggested agenda is subject to further suggested changes at the beginning of the meeting, making it virtually impossible for us to publish a dependable agenda in advance. The following agendas represent the two versions proposed for the upcoming April 23 meeting. The first Tentative Agenda is the one customarily proposed by the Superintendent, the second is proposed by Chairperson Froedge and is provided verbatim. We are confident that the Board will correct this confusion at the April Meeting*:




TENTATIVE REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
GLASGOW ELECTRIC PLANT BOARD 
APRIL 23, 2019, 6:00 PM

  
1. SWEAR IN NEW BOARD MEMBER?


2. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA


3. CONSIDER MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETINGS


4. CONSIDER ADVICE OF COUNSEL REGARDING ERRORS AND OMISSIONS IN PREVIOUS MEETINGS


5. SUPERINTENDENT’S OPERATING REPORT


6. CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND REPLACEMENT OF BOARD COUNSEL


7. CONSIDER PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT


8. CONSIDER GDT COMPLAINT AND AG RULING


9. REPORTS 

A. BARREN COUNTY PROGRESS MATTER

B. BID OPENINGS

C. RETIREMENTS, NEW HIRES, AND THE EPB PERSONNEL CHART



10. ADJOURN




TENTATIVE AGENDA #2

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA GLASGOW ELECTRIC PLANT BOARD
APRIL 23, 2019


1. SWEAR IN NEW BOARD MEMBER?

2. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND ADDTIONS

3. CONSIDER MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 19, 2019 MEETING
           (The Chairman would like to consider adding an item that was 
           presented, but left out)

3. CONSIDER MINUTES OF MARCH 25, 2019 MEETING

4. RE-CONSIDER APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE TO RECOMMEND REPLACEMENT OF BOARD COUNSEL. CONSIDER APPOINTING RON HAMPTION AS CO-COUNCIL TO WORK WITH JEFF HERBERT UNTIL HE RETIRES IN JUNE

5. SUPERINTENDENT'S OPERATING REPORT

7. CONSIDER PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT

9. REPORTS

            A. BID OPENINGS
            B. RETIREMENTS, NEW HIRES, AND THE EPB PERSONNEL CHART

10. ADJOURN

From:
DT Froedge
Chairman GEPB

*It should also be noted that a Board member asked that this agenda, proposed by Chairman Froedge, be modified to include the item: "1. Consider advice of counsel regarding errors and omissions of previous meetings", and he further asked that "item should be at the top of the agenda under new business due to the fact that any action taken may have an impact on other agenda items moving forward."

MEMORANDUM
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                               
                                                                                     
TO:                       Members of Glasgow Electric Plant Board                 
                                                                                               
FROM:                  William J. Ray, PE                 
                                                                                               
DATE:                  4/18/2019    
                                                                                                                  
SUBJECT:            Board Meeting Information                                          


                                     
April Main Topics

Ø  Peak prediction accurate in March
Ø  Consider AG response to open meetings violation appeal by Melinda Overstreet
Ø  Errors and Omissions in March meeting
Ø  Appointment of Board Counsel Selection Committee
Ø  Consider Programming Committee appointments
Ø  Reports



Action Items
May 1 FCA
Ø  The May 2019 TVA FCA will decrease to 1.658 cents per kWh. This is the fourth consecutive small decrease in the FCA. These decreases are afforded by the copious rainfall over the last few months, which is allowing TVA to make more low-cost power from hydroelectric facilities.  
Ø  On May 1, the energy component of our retail rates will adjust to reflect this anticipated decrease to the wholesale cost of energy.
        
Errors and Omissions
Ø  This agenda item is needed to allow the Board Attorney to review items in the last meeting that were apparently intended by the Board, but not technically carried out.
Ø  After the report on errors and omissions, the board might desire to correct the problems by considering certain items, from the last meeting, again.

Appointment of Board Attorney Selection Committee
Ø  Another omission during the last meeting, was the selection of Board members to serve on the Attorney Selection Committee that the Board created.
Ø  Solicitation of interested attorneys was conducted, by sending a letter to each member of the Barren County Bar Association.
Ø  Copies of the responses are included with this narrative.

Cable Television Programming Committee Appointments
Ø  The Programming Committee acts independently of EPB to consider what programming is appropriate for the EPB Cable Television system. The committee makes these determinations and recommends same to the EPB.
Ø  The committee was purposely created to isolate EPB from any potential violation relative to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ø  The committee consists of six members, with staggered terms, in addition to the Superintendent, who acts as Chairperson and liaison between the committee and EPB.
Ø  The terms of Mary Genice Burchett-Bower and Karl Napier expired at the end of 2018. Ms. Burchett-Bower has served two terms and Mr. Napier has served one term.
Ø  The Board acted to reappoint Karl Napier last month. I have contacted Melanie Asriel about her interest in serving on the committee, and she has consented to have you consider her for an appointment to the committee.   
GDT Complaint and AG Ruling
Ø  Although not certain, the Kentucky AG might rule on GDT’s appeal before our meeting. Their appeal to the AG is based on EPB’s failure to properly respond to GDT, as required by law.
Ø  At the last meeting, the Board decided to submit our statements to the AG instead of responding to the GDT complaint directly.
Ø  At the meeting, if we have the AG ruling, you will likely want to take some action in response to the ruling.


Reports
Ø  Since the last meeting, wherein I was directed to demand a retraction of the article in Barren County Progress, that drastically misrepresented our retail electric rates, as compared to those of Kentucky Utilities, there has been no retraction published. I will await further direction from you as to how to pursue this matter.
Ø  We recently opened bids for HVAC maintenance, and I will have a report on these. We solicited bids for landscape maintenance, but got no bids, so we are in the process of repeating that process. We will be soliciting bids soon for some office renovations that are related to the ongoing process of dealing with retirements of EPB team members, hiring replacements, and reconfiguring our organizational structure to match the changing demands of our business and the expectations of our customers. I should be ready to recommend a vendor for these upgrades at the May meeting.
Ø  Windstream bankruptcy filing and potential impact on EPB.


Conclusion


Please let me know if you have any questions before the meeting. 




Friday, March 22, 2019

March 26, 2019 EPB Regular Meeting





REVISED REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
GLASGOW ELECTRIC PLANT BOARD
MARCH 26, 2019, 6:00 PM
 



1. CONSIDER ADOPTING ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER - Newly Revised 11th Edition as the          Board Rules of Order

2. CONSIDER APPROVAL OF AGENDA


3. CONSIDER REPLACEMENT OF BOARD COUNSEL


4. CONSIDER ALLEGATION AND REMEDIES REGARDING OPEN MEETINGS                    VIOLATION(S) CHARGE BY MELINDA OVERSTREET AND GDT


5. CONSIDER ACTION RELATIVE TO DEFAMATORY ARTICLE IN BARREN COUNTY PROGRESS


6. CONSIDER PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS


7. REPORTS

A. COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON EPB RATE DESIGN HISTORY AND FINDINGS

B. BOND ISSUANCE CLOSING

C. EMAIL SERVER ATTACKS


8. ADJOURN




MEMORANDUM
                                                                                                                  
                                                                                               
                                                                                     
TO:                       Members of Glasgow Electric Plant Board                 
                                                                                               
FROM:                  William J. Ray, PE                 
                                                                                               
DATE:                  3/21/2019    
                                                                                                                  
SUBJECT:            Board Meeting Information                                          


                                     
March Main Topics

Ø  Peak prediction missed due to missing a peak on February 1 that was not eclipsed during the rest of the month
Ø  Consider formal open meetings violation complaint by Melinda Overstreet
Ø  Receive comprehensive report on the five-year history of EPB rate design decisions
Ø  Consider options regarding defamatory article in Barren County Progress
Ø  Consider Programming Committee appointments
Ø  Reports



Action Items
March 1 FCA
Ø  The April 2019 TVA FCA will decrease to 1.680 cents per kWh. This is the third consecutive small decrease in the FCA. These decreases are afforded by the copious rainfall over the last few months, which is allowing TVA to make more low-cost power from hydroelectric facilities.  
Ø  On April 1, the energy component of our retail rates will adjust to reflect this anticipated decrease to the wholesale cost of energy.
        
Respond to Open Meetings Complaint by Melinda Overstreet
Ø  This is the matter that was not acted upon at the last meeting.
Ø  Melinda agreed to extend the time allotted for a response to an Open Meetings complaint, to this meeting. Since another grace period is unlikely to be granted, this matter should be addressed at this meeting.

Presentation of the history of data and board decisions that led to EPB retail electric rate changes 2014-2019
Ø  This discussion will be led by William Ray and other members of the EPB staff. It will be a comprehensive review of how previous boards received reports on EPB trends and challenges, and how they reacted to that data to transform retail electric rates.
Ø  Completion of the report will be dependent upon the questions and concerns raised by the board. This item might carry forward into future meetings.

Consideration of possible Board actions relative to recent article regarding electric rates in Barren County Progress
Ø  Several outrageous and inaccurate claims about EPB electric rates as they compare to Kentucky Utilities Company, and to statewide averages, were made at the top of the front page of the March 14, 2019 edition.
Ø  The EPB team dropped what we were doing and set out to research the claims made and the conclusions reached, relative to rates, in the article. We discovered that the website used for most of the data was more than five years out of date, and that all the conclusions reached in the article were wrong by very wide margins.
Ø  A copy of a letter to Jeff Jobe is included in board package. It points out the errors, and the damage done to EPB through his defamatory statements.
Ø  Jobe’s response is also attached.  Until we see how his story, referenced in the letter, is written, we do not know if he is retracting his previous false and defamatory statements. He makes, yet again, a request for a report that is vague and impossible to interpret, but we may make some guesses at what he might be attempting to ask for; and provide that.
Ø  At the meeting we may, or may not, have sufficient understanding of his response to our demand, such that you can determine a course of action.


Cable Television Programming Committee Appointments
Ø  The Programming Committee acts independently of EPB to consider what programming is appropriate for the EPB Cable Television system. The committee makes these determinations and recommends same to the EPB.
Ø  The committee was purposely created to isolate EPB from any potential violation relative to the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Ø  The committee consists of six members, with staggered terms, in addition to the Superintendent, who acts as Chairperson and liaison between the committee and EPB.
Ø  The terms of Mary Genice Burchett-Bower and Karl Napier expired at the end of 2018. Ms. Burchett-Bower has served two terms and Mr. Napier has served one term.
Ø  Action on this item is needed this month.  


 Reports
Ø  Information on recent, and ongoing hacking attacks on the Glasgow-ky.com mail server, and information relative to the bond closings on March 5, will be provided at the meeting.


Conclusion


Please let me know if you have any questions before the meeting. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Coincident Peak Notice


E.P.B. Electric Customers on the Variable Price Rate- We predict the POSSIBILITY for February's peak electric demand to occur on Tuesday, February 19th between 7am - 1pm. This is only a prediction based upon our best guess as to what the combination of all customers in Glasgow will demand from T.V.A. This is our forecast which is provided as a convenience for E.P.B. customers who wish to receive forecasts. You will be billed for your contribution to the peak hour which falls within one of our predicted periods only. If you want to move to a fixed energy rate without coincident peak demand charges, please contact us at 270-651-8341