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Lamar Utilities Board meeting of June 10, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board meeting of June 10, 2024

The Board approved minutes from the May 28, 2024 meeting.  They then approved purchase orders 93090 to 93100 as well as 63000 through 630027 for a total of $761,687.25.  Big ticket items in these purchase orders were $60,570 for wood poles to replenish stock, $29,498 for the office heater/AC upgrade as well as other large […]

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024

Lamar Utilities Board Meeting of March 12, 2024 The Lamar Utilities Board approved the minutes from its February 27, 2024 meeting, as well as approving purchase orders numbering from 92836 through 92879 in the amount of $782,793.67.  Also approved was the payment of bills totaling $845,830.52. Light and Power Superintendent Houssin Hourieh gave the System […]

Lamar Light and Power Upgrades Lighting Around Community Building

Lamar Light and Power Upgrades Lighting Around Community Building

  At the Lamar Utility Board meeting on February 13 Rob Evans, City Administrator, had asked that the lighting situation around the Community Building be evaluated, particularly because of a recent car/pedestrian accident there at night. Lamar Light and Power Superintendent Houssin Hourieh promised that the department would immediately look into the situation.  I followed […]

Lamar Utility Board Meeting February 13, 2024

Lamar Utility Board Meeting February 13, 2024

The Board of Lamar Utilities meet for a regularly-scheduled meeting at noon on February 13, 2024.  Minutes from the January 23 meeting were approved.  Purchase orders #92745-92810 totaling $1,046,097.95 were approved with Board member Roger Stagner abstaining from the vote.  Also approved was payment of bills totaling $347,933.21, again with Board member Stagner abstaining.   Bid […]

Lamar Utility Board Okays Revised Employee Handbook

Lamar Utility Board Okays Revised Employee Handbook

    Lamar Light Plant Human Resources Officer, Leala Owen, briefed the utility board members on recommended changes made to the employee’s handbook.  The first updates since 2007.  She said the updates will be consistent with changing employment laws and requirements and the alterations were considered by the Mountain States Employers Council, CIRSA and attorney’s […]

Lamar Light Plant Completes Safety Testing

Lamar Light Plant Completes Safety Testing

  Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, informed the Lamar Utility Board, the annual safety testing and inspection of all bucket and digger trucks has been completed as well as other equipment such as voltage sticks, blankets and line hoses.  There was one failure to a line blanket as well as cracks noted through Unit […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews 2024 Budget

Lamar Utilities Board Reviews 2024 Budget

  With the addition of Jill Bellomy to the Lamar Utilities Board, replacing Clifford Boxley, a reorganization of members is required.  Following her oath of office, administered by Judge Lane Porter, the board elected Doug Thrall to remain as Chairman with Jay Brooke as Vice-Chairman, Houssin Hourieh continues as Light Plant Superintendent and Lance Clark […]

Lamar Utility Board Considers Membership Applications, 2024 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Considers Membership Applications, 2024 Budget

Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, discussed the plant’s capital outlay for the 2024 budget during the August 29th meeting.  Capital Improvements totaled $1,719,400 and Operations and Maintenance was estimated at $725,000. Various overhead distribution upgrades were estimated at $345,000 while substation upgrades came to $205,000.  Wind Turbine parts and blade edge protectant was $70,000.  […]

Lamar Utility Board Details Turbine Repairs

Lamar Utility Board Details Turbine Repairs

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh gave the board a briefing on the plant’s wind turbine recent operations.  He said the three Light Plant turbines have generated 6,987.07 WWH’s of electricity at an average capacity factor of 30.83% for the first half of 2023.  This is a 14.40% drop-off from the same period last […]

Lamar Utility Board Details Outage Prevention Measures

Lamar Utility Board Details Outage Prevention Measures

    Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, provided a systems update for board members in light of the recent power outages experienced by some local customers.  Hourieh said there have been three LAMSOA outages since the last board meeting on June 13th.  One was due to snakes inside the L2-25kv breaker which caused a […]

LUB Notes Slower Power Sales, Explains Brief Sunday Power Outage

LUB Notes Slower Power Sales, Explains Brief Sunday Power Outage

Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that sales of electricity through May 2023 are down fractionally at 0.12% when compared to 2022’s time frame.  Residential sales were up 1.63%, irrigation sales were down 29.25% and commercial sales were down a fraction at 0.63%. Houssin explained that due to the rainy spring, use of irrigation electricity […]

Lamar Utility Board Wind Turbines Scheduled for Maintenance

Lamar Utility Board Wind Turbines Scheduled for Maintenance

  Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh told the utility board the wind turbine crew will begin their semi-annual maintenance and inspection program on all five wind turbines. Each turbine will be shut down for approximately eight hours on a calm day so preventative maintenance can be performed safely per GE’s recommended maintenance program. The line […]

LUB Notes Wind Turbine Power Output

LUB Notes Wind Turbine Power Output

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, provided the latest update on wind turbine power generation for 2022 which showed Lamar’s three turbines have generated 12,557.74 MWH’s of electricity which is about 1.46% lower than that generated in 2021.  The turbines had an average capacity factor of 31.37% which is lower than last year […]

Lamar Utilities Board Adopts New Resolution on Net Metering

Lamar Utilities Board Adopts New Resolution on Net Metering

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed the board of a recent development pertaining to a resolution the board adopted on March 9, 2010 for Resolution No. 10-03-02 which was based on the number of meters, not the number of customers of Lamar Light and Power.  Colorado House Bill 08-1160 was approved in […]

Lamar Utility Board Continues New Meter Installations

Lamar Utility Board Continues New Meter Installations

  Projects for the Lamar Light Plant for 2023 were reviewed by Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh during the Utility Boards first meeting for the new year on January 10th.  He said the 4kv substation equipment will continue to be upgraded as well as upgrades to the plant’s SCADA system master radio and 4kv distribution […]