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LUB Notes Formal Suit Against SECPA, Develops Reimbursement Plan for Delinquent Accounts

LUB Notes Formal Suit Against SECPA, Develops Reimbursement Plan for Delinquent Accounts

    The Lamar Utility Board paid $794,852.17 in purchase orders for May and a portion of June, of which $780,792.86 required board approval. This included $653,244.45 for the estimated power purchase for June from Arkansas River Power Authority. Payment of bills amounted to $166,418. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained the bidding for line […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the monthly System Operating Report for board members during the teleconference meeting on May 12th. The annual LUB/ARPA scholarship awards for 2020 were announced. There were six applications for the combined $1,000 award with ARPA and the LUB contributing equal funding to each of the winners. There […]

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the Utility Board members a vehicle struck and broke off a 40 foot wooden pole along Willow Valley Road Monday afternoon, March 2nd. The resulting power outage impacted customers in the Willow Valley area. The pole was replaced with a ductile iron pole for added strength […]

LUB Takes Preventative Steps for Wind Turbines

LUB Takes Preventative Steps for Wind Turbines

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, presented the monthly system operating report to the board on Tuesday, February 11th, noting that wind turbine generation data for 2019 showed that Lamar’s three turbines have generated 9,949.82 MWH’s of electricity, which is about 6.12% lower than in 2018. The turbines have an average capacity factor of […]

Lamar Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

Lamar Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

      Members of the Lamar Utility Board attended their final meeting of 2019 to consider approval of a 2020 Electric Cost Adjustment to customer’s utility bills as well as approve a resolution adopting a modification to the annual charger appropriation adjustment tariff which is paid to the City of Lamar each year. An […]

July 19th was Light Plant Peak Energy Demand

July 19th was Light Plant Peak Energy Demand

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the board with the June, 2019 financial report showing few significant changes to the balance sheet with cash down $81,026 from May and accounts receivable increased by $158,047. He attributed a portion of the decline to a cooler than expected June and lower irrigation usage. Despite the […]

City Pays off Water Bond

City Pays off Water Bond

    Kristin McCrea, City Treasurer explained to the council, the city’s Series 2009 Water Activity Revenue Refunding Bonds were paid in full on June 17, 2019 and the balance is now down to $0.00 and there are no further obligations for the District to pay interest and principal on the bonds. The Water Bond […]

Light Plant/ARPA Scholarship Winners Announced

Light Plant/ARPA Scholarship Winners Announced

    Three area students will receive $1,000 each in the 2019 Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Scholarship contest. They are:  Giselle Sanchez from Lamar High School, Blake Wilson from Wiley High School and Jordan Parker from McClave High School.  There were seven applications this year with three from Lamar and McClave and one from Wiley.  LUB […]

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, briefed the Utilities Board on power outages that occurred on Wednesday, March 13th in the Lamar service area. The report read that at about 12:00am on Wednesday, March 13th, the LAMSO substation tripped off-line due to a bus differential fault which was caused by a failed voltage […]

LUB Recaps Recent Power Outage

LUB Recaps Recent Power Outage

The Lamar Utility board held a brief meeting on Tuesday, March 12th as they tabled a planned customer presentation regarding Solar Interconnect with Lamar Light and Power.  A group of citizens who use solar power to offset a portion of their electrical costs have approached board members in the past, seeking a clarification of the […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reschedules Meeting with Solar Customers

Lamar Utilities Board Reschedules Meeting with Solar Customers

      The Lamar Utility Board will reschedule a planned meeting with solar customers, tentatively set for March 12th at the Light Plant offices at 100 North Second Street.  The customers have been meeting with members of the Prowers Economic Prosperity board and will make a full presentation of their concerns regarding solar interconnect […]

LUB Restocking Parts, Wind Turbine Repairs Underway

LUB Restocking Parts, Wind Turbine Repairs Underway

  The Lamar Utility Board approved a lease agreement with Prowers County for the installation of Advanced Media Infrastructure (AMI) metering antennae and a base station at the Carlton Tower. The $3,000 fee is automatically renewable each year. The Board also approved the purchase of several groups of poles to replace its inventory including 40 […]

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

Wind Turbines Output Fractionally Higher than 2017 Numbers

  Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told the Lamar Utilities Board, the wind turbine generation data for 2018 indicated that Lamar’s three turbines have generated 10,599.57 MWH’s of electricity, about 0.18% higher than what was produced in 2017. The turbines have an average capacity factor of 26.34% which is lower than last year […]

Lower Rates on Utility Bills for Lamar Customers Noted in City Council Meeting

Lower Rates on Utility Bills for Lamar Customers Noted in City Council Meeting

      The Lamar City Council, during its January 14th meeting offered council liaison reports which noted from Councilman Riley that the Municipal Airport is beginning work on an updated Master Plan for 2019 and will be seeking federal funding for upgrades. The airport board is still seeking permission from the FAA for a […]

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

City Council Has Municipal Funding on the Agenda

  A brief public hearing was held by the Lamar City Council during their December 10th meeting on the proposed 2018 Supplemental Budget to transfer appropriated monies between funds for the current year ending December 31st, 2018. Mayor Pro-Tem, Kirk Crespin, administered the oath of office to Lamar’s newest police officer, Bianca Hernandez during the […]