January 20, 2022

   MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, January 20, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by Vice President Lee Ahrens. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Erik Persons and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Excused Director: A motion was made to excuse Director Gary Fuchser; motion carried.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 16, 2021; motion passed.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. Vice President Ahrens declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Vice President Ahrens turned the meeting over to District Counsel Curtiss to conduct the election of officers. A nomination was made to elect the same slate of officer positions as currently held. A motion was made to cease nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for the slate of officers; Gary Fuchser as President, Lee Ahrens as Vice President, Chris Garrett as Secretary, Marcus Sandberg as Treasurer, Bruce Troester as Assistant Treasurer, Chance Briscoe as the NREA Director and Lucas Bear as the Tri-State Director; motion passed and the meeting was turned back to Vice President Ahrens.

The Board of Directors considered whether a change was necessary to the NRPPD Charter related to voting districts due to the recently completed 2020 US Census. Nebraska Statute 70-612 allows that voting subdivisions are exempt from the regulation requirement to analyze population changes so long as county or voting precinct lines are followed. Since that is true, a motion was made to affirm that no changes are necessary to the Charter; motion passed.

The board previously adopted a motion at an emergency meeting to submit a conditional notice to withdraw from Tri-State in effect December 29, 2021 based upon a pending FERC ruling on a
buyout method. A motion was made to ratify that decision and reaffirm the withdrawal notice; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining.

The board considered an engagement letter for audit services for years ending 2021 through 2023. The cost of services were proposed to be $9,500, $9,750 and $10,000 for each of the three years. A motion was made to accept the audit engagement letter with DeCoria, Blair and Teague for three years; motion passed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the preliminary operating statement for December, however since the month closing is not final, no action was taken.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and noted NRPPD expects to hire a lineman in February.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings; (2) attendance at the NRECA CEO Close-up; (3) attendance at a Tri-State Manager Meeting; and (4) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for the previous month, working to increase coal reserves, a planned Eastern CO Transmission Expansion project to cost approximately $185M, extra market power purchases due to price and coal reserves, and the annual peak of 2021 was set on July 19 at 3,010 MW.

Items for Next Agenda: The next meeting date was set for February 16
th at 1:00 pm.

Legal Update: Reserved for Executive Session.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:10 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:05 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 3:06 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary

 

February 25, 2021

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 



A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, February 25, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, and Bruce Troester.

Also present was General Manager Chance Briscoe and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of January 28, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: The Board considered current membership in the NE State Chamber of Commerce. It was determined that NRPPD would remain members of the Chamber for an additional year with review to follow in the 2022 budget discussion. A motion was made to continue membership for 2021; motion carried.

The current Board vacancy was reviewed. Notice had been posted regarding the vacancy but no applications were received for consideration. A motion was made to table; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe led a discussion regarding a potential electric vehicle lease. Each board member was able to take a short test drive of a new Mustang Mach-E provided by Wahlstrom Ford. After lengthy discussion, the board directed staff to acquire more information for consideration at the March meeting. A motion was made to table; motion carried.

Customer Service Represenative Tlustos joined the meeting and led a discussion regarding a potential community investment for the Gordon American Legion which is planning to install new electronic signage. Mr. Tlustos explained that by being members of Basin Electric, through Tri-State G&T, that NRPPD was eligible to apply for matching funds toward the Legion sign. A motion was made to allow for up to $1,500 to be applied toward the sign with the contingency of the Basin Electric match but to review next month if the matching funds could not be acquired; motion carried. Mr. Tlustos left the meeting.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month and the revised unaudited year end operating statement. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the safety statistic and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions: a. Manager Briscoe reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and reviewed a recent inspection completed by Federated.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) Membership in Basin and Touchstone after the Tri-State changes eliminating memberships through Tri-State; (2) Review of the recent NREA Board and Committee meetings; (3) Review of the NREA Manager’s meeting; (4) Review of the Tri-State CEO Town Hall; and (5) A recap of the recent winter blast causing rolling blackouts in the SPP territory.
 
Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on various operational metrics of Tri-State over the last month, that the board conducted a strategic planning session, Tri-State began operating in the SPP WEIS (Western Energy Imbalance Service), and discussion of the proposed policy 125 that
prescribes procedures for acquiring a CTP calculation.

Items for Next Agenda: Consider any received applications to fill the Board vacancy and consider the additional information provided regarding a potential electric vehicle.

Legal Update: Saved for Executive Session.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made at 3:38 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss litigation issues; motion carried with abstention by Director Bear. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 4:35 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjournment: President Fuchser declared the meeting adjourned at 4:36 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 

March 25, 2021

 

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, March 25, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, and Bruce Troester. Also present was General Manager Chance Briscoe, District Counsel Terry Curtiss and guest Lynden Smith.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of February 25, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Mr. Smith was introduced as having interest to fill the board vacancy. Mr. Smith gave a brief overview of himself as an ag operator south of Hay Springs and married with three children. A brief discussion was held providing the board an opportunity to ask about his interest in serving on the board and vice versa if he had any questions regarding service on the board.  Upon conclusion, the board decided to table a decision until the next regular meeting and Mr. Smith stayed to observe the meeting.

Manager Briscoe reviewed steps to acquire information about potential lease of an electric vehicle. Information was still missing and the board tabled any decision until the next regular meeting.  

Manager Briscoe led a discussion to review the FEMA Hazard Mitigation document which was established in 2017. The plan will now be added as an appendix to the State of NE plan and amotion was made to approve the plan; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe led a discussion regarding the current long-term loan which has a variableinterest rate. The amount of the loan is $1.1M of the total long-term debt of $8.2M, 13.5%. The current option was to lock the interest rate at 3.55% up from 2.45% currently variable. After discussion and review of Policy 102 for Financial Goals, a motion was made to fix the interest rate for the remaining 17-year term; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Line Superintendent Belknap reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:

a. Line Superintendent Belknap reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and reviewed the outage restoration efforts during the recent blizzard in March.

b. Customer Service Representative Tlustos reviewed a recent request for a community investment for renovations to the Hay Springs park concession stand. A motion was made to approve the request for $1,500.00 with the contingency that Basin Electric match the funds; motion carried.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) Review of the Tri-State CEO Town Hall; (2) Review of a Wholesale Customer Meeting of NPPD; (3) A quick update of the status of the FERC dockets for the stated rate case and the contract termination case, with additional discussion held for executive session; and (4) An update as to the status of COVID response at NRPPD, which has allowed for all employees an opportunity to receive vaccination and return to normal operation the first week of April.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on various operational metrics of Tri-State over the last month and significant discussion about passage with amendments of Policy 125 to establish procedures for Tri-State to supply CTP calculations to requesting members.

Items for Next Agenda: Board vacancy and potential electric vehicle.

Legal Update: Saved for Executive Session.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made at 2:27 p.m. to enter executive session to discuss litigation issues; motion carried with abstention by Director Bear. Director Bear and guest Mr. Smith left the meeting.

A motion was made to exit executive session at 3:04 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjournment: President Fuchser declared the meeting adjourned at 3:05 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 

 

April 29, 2021

 

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING

OF

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT


 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Customer Service Representative Les Tlustos, Office Manager Tony Hindman, District Counsel Terry Curtiss and guest Lynden Smith.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 25, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A motion was made to appoint Lynden Smith to fill the vacant board seat for Subdivision 3; motion carried. Mr. Smith read and signed the Oath of Office.

Mr. Brandon Blair of the Decoria, Blair and Teague accounting firm joined the meeting by phone. Mr. Blair reviewed the audit report prepared on the 2020 financial statements. Mr. Blair indicated the audit confirms an unqualified opinion. A motion was made to accept the audit report; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe reviewed the potential purchase of an electric vehicle but more information is needed prior to proceeding and was tabled for a future meeting.  Manager Briscoe led a discussion regarding a new rate proposal. NRPPD currently offers a net meter rate for residential services that do not qualify under the Nebraska Statute LB436 but a new service has been installed on a General Service account. This new rate will apply a similar structure to residential but applied on general services accounts. A motion was made to adopt the new rate; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:

a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and reviewed the outage restoration efforts during the blizzard in March.
b. Customer Service Representative Tlustos mentioned that the scholarship winners are scheduled to attend the May board meeting.
c. All department heads participated in a 2020 Year in Review presentation that highlighted work completed and performance results from the previous year.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) Review of the Tri-State Manager’s Meeting; (2) Tri-State Shoshone method and 2021 financial forecast presentations; (3) Update on a meeting with multiple stakeholder groups regarding EV charging station planning across Nebraska; (4) A recap of the recent virtual legislative meetings in coordination with NREA and NRECA; and (5) A review of the two active FERC docket cases on the stated rate and the buyout method where Tri-State recently held a special meeting of the board to vote on a settlement offer (which they approved).

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on various operational metrics of Tri-State over the last month, proposed bylaw changes related to partial requirement members and that Tri-State has been in conversation with the Sierra Club to work on proposals to recuperate stranded costs on early termination of coal generation plants.

Items for Next Agenda: Potential electric vehicle.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Adjournment: President Fuchser declared the meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                           Secretary
 

 

May 27, 2021


MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the hour of 12:50 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Customer Service Representative Les Tlustos, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Kelli Anderson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss. Guests in attendance were Cyndi Peters, Jaiden Anderson, Hannah Walker, Dusti Walker, Samantha Johns and Shellie Johns.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 29, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Scholarship Recipients: Customer Service Representative Tlustos introduced the three scholarship recipients for 2021. Jaiden Anderson and Samantha Johns each received a $500 scholarship provided by Tri-State G&T. Hannah Walker received the $1,000 scholarship provided by Basin Electric. Tlustos reviewed the college attendance plans and each recipient gave a brief update of their future career plans.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A request had been received by the Crawford Area Fund for contribution to their newly created endowment. Customer Service Representative Tlustos reported that a contribution to an endowment fund was not eligible for matching funds through Basin Electric. A motion was made to deny the request; motion carried.

Due to conflicts with the regular board meeting dates, a motion was made to set the next three board meeting dates as June 29, July 29 and August 25 at 1:00 pm; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe reviewed a multitude of options related to purchase of an electric vehicle. The main purpose of the vehicle would be promotion of electric transportation but the vehicle would2also be used to attend meetings and general transportation needs of NRPPD. The board requested
additional information prior to making a final decision but a consensus was reached to acquire a electric vehicle in some manner. A motion was made to table the action; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe presented Policy 505 for Point of Sale for Materials and Services. Other policies dictate when services may be performed or what materials might be for sale. This policy’s objective is to dictate how the reimbursement happens. For consumers of the District the policy requires either to have payment up front or to sign an agreement to allow for any unpaid sums to be applied to their electric account and potentially interrupt electric service if unpaid. For non-consumers that all amounts due will be paid prior to release of materials or service performed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month, participation on a NREA Safety Task Force, and attendance at the JT&S Committee.
b. Customer Service Representative Tlustos reported on attendance at the NREA PIC and plans to provide another Tesla Model 3 ride and drive event in July

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) the NREA Board and Committee Meetings; (2) a MDM meeting attended in April; (3) a brief review of the FERC actions; and (4) Basin Class C Membership. Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on various operational metrics of Tri-State over the last month, partial requirement options, and potential use of deferred revenue to cover shortfalls.

Items for Next Agenda: Electric vehicle acquisition and adoption of the NRPPD Safety Manual.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 3:38; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 4:51; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary

June 29, 2021

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.  Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, employee Cale Anderson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of May 27, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Outage Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month.

Action Items: Operations Manager Olson reviewed revisions to the NRPPD Safety Manual. Changes from the previous version included provisions for hauling long poles and use of rotary mulching discs on skid steers. A motion was made to accept the NRPPD Safety Manual with proposed changes; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe reviewed information requested at the previous meeting related to the proposed purchase of an electric vehicle. Information reviewed included a comparison to current reimbursement for personal vehicle use, warranty and maintenance concerns, financing options, expected delivery timeframes, among other items. After lengthy discussion a motion was made to direct management to purchase a Tesla Model 3; motion carried, with Director Troester voting Nay.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:

          a. Office Manager Hindman reviewed the sequence of events that led to a billing error on all irrigation accounts for May. The error resulted in no demand charges billed for irrigation accounts and revised billing statements were delivered.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) a NREA Manager Meeting; (2) the previous Tri-State CEO Town Hall; and (3) recent orders issued by FERC against Tri-State.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting which was mostly held in executive session to discuss strategic planning. Additionally, Director Bear discussed forthcoming changes to Tri-State board meetings in relation to a recently adopted Colorado law requiring Tri-State’s meetings to be open to the public.

Items for Next Agenda: Director Troester requested a review of the Load Control program for Irrigation and Manager Briscoe mentioned that a designee will be necessary for Tri-State’s Annual Meeting in August.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 2:32 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 3:47 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                           Secretary

July 29, 2021

 MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, July 29, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Darren Drabbels and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 29, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the Tri-State Annual Meeting of the Membership and to appoint Director Bear as the alternate; motion carried.  A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the NRECA Region VII Meeting and to appoint Director Ahrens as the alternate; motion carried.

Manager Briscoe led a discussion regarding the current and future agreements for net metered customers and a requirement for NRPPD to be named as an Additional Insured on the customer’s liability policy. District Counsel Curtiss added comments and concerns for the Board’s consideration. After discussion, a motion was made to eliminate the requirement for Additional Insured from the agreement; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. Olson also reviewed the recent RESAP inspection and the high marks NRPPD received. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month.
          b. Customer Service Representative reported on activities for the Youth Energy and Leadership Camp along with activities of local parade entries.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) new JT&S instructors hired; (2) meetings held with NPPD regarding potential EV charging stations in the area; and (3) recent activities by Tri-State at FERC. Briscoe also gave an overview of the 2021 Irrigation Load Control and consideration for an additional option in the program. After lengthy discussion it was determined to continue the discussion prior to the following year’s implementation.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting regarding the changes to the meeting format due to the Open Meetings law passed in Colorado, update on TriState activities regarding FERC filings, recent storm damage transmission lines, and operational statistics.

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 3:00 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit executive session at 3:34 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary
 


 

August 25, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, August 25, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Matt Anderson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of July 29, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: A motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the delegate for the CFC and Federated Region VII Meetings and to appoint Director Ahrens as the alternate; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for theprevious month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and commented on backfeed plans for the Town of Hay Springs later in the fall.
          b. Customer Service Representative Tlustos reported on two entries submitted for the DC Youth Tour. A consensus was reached to send two students and request                  was made to add as an Action Item at the next Regular Meeting of the Board.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) the release of the NREA GM by the Executive Committee; (2) activities at the TriState Board and Annual Meetings; (3) pending receipt of the Tesla Model 3; (4) recap of the NRECA CEO Close-up meeting; (5) attendance at a Town Hall by NPPD to discuss future resource mix planning; and (6) that FERC had denied Tri-State’s request for abeyance to respond to FERC’s Order to Show Cause.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where a new Chairman was elected, Tim Rabon from New Mexico, and that Tri-State intends to use deferred revenue to meet their goal of a 1.190 DSR.

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs and consideration of sending an additional student on the Youth Tour.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter executive session to discuss litigation at 1:53 p.m.; motion carried, with Director Bear voting to abstain. Director Bear left the meeting. Amotion was made to exit executive session at 2:09 p.m.; motion carried and the meeting adjourned.

APPROVED:
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President                                                          Secretary
 


 

September 23, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Tuesday, September 23, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Trampas Belknap and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 25, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Two individuals applied to attend the 2022 Youth Tour to Washington, DC. The two applicants are siblings and the board considered whether to send both applicants. After discussion and consideration of setting precedent and review of missing last year due to COVID cancellations, a motion was made to send one as scheduled but also split the cost 50/50 of sending the second; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistic, safety report and safety meeting minutes for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and a recap of fire damage from the recent fire south of Crawford.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the NREA Manager Meeting and Legal Seminar; (2) appointment of Rick Nelson as the interim GM of NREA; (3) Tesla use and planned decals; (4) review of the recently hosted MDM; (5) attendance at a Western United Board Meeting; and (6) and update on FERC activites.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed the Nucla decommissioning activites, operational statistics, the United Power battery and Tri-State use of deferred revenue

Items for Next Agenda: Continued discussion on Irrigation Load Control programs and appointment of Basin delegate for the Annual Meeting.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.

APPROVED:
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President                                                          Secretary
 

 

October 28, 2021

  MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee John Hessler and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of September 23, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe presented the paperwork and resolution for the Board to approve NRPPD’s application to CFC for a PowerVision loan facility in the amount of $5,000,000.00. After discussion a motion was made to approve the PowerVision loan facility; motion carried.  The Board was then presented an estimate from Van Pelt Fencing to install a remote operated gate to the equipment yard in the amount of $15,477.57. In addition to the estimate, there will be some internal labor and electrician work to complete the installation. A motion was made to approve the remote operated gate; motion carried.  The Mid-West Electric Consumer’s Annual Meeting is to be held in December. It was discussed that Director Smith planned to attend and a motion was made to appoint Director Smith as delegate and Manager Briscoe as alternate for the meeting; motion carried. The Basin Annual Meeting is to be held in November. Manager Briscoe plans to attend and a motion was made to appoint Manager Briscoe as the voting delegate for the meeting; motion carried.  The November and December meeting dates were reviewed. Due to conflicts of Thanksgiving
and Christmas it was determined to move the dates of those meetings. A motion was made to hold the November meeting on the 22nd and the December meeting on the 16th; motion carried.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month, update on personnel, and upcoming line switching with NPPD and Tri-State G&T.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Meeting; (2) recap of the NRECA Regional Meeting; (3) the recent Tri-State Manager’s Meeting; (4) attendance at a Western United Board Meeting; and (5) and lead a discussion regarding irrigation rates and load control program. After conclusion of the irrigation discussion the Board gave director to purchase additional load control devices with an expectation of a fully designed load control program presented in November.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed employee and equipment levels in the Maintenance Department, discussion at the Finance Committee related to settlement in the Partial Requirement docket at FERC, and renewable generation statistics.

Items for Next Agenda: Irrigation Load Control program.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:02 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:20 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

APPROVED:
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President                                                          Secretary
 

 

November 22, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

 A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, November 22, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Craig Housh and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Director Excused: A motion was made to excuse Director Sandberg; motion carried.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of October 28, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe discussed continued development of the 2022 Irrigation Load Control Program but did not have a final plan for approval. This item will be added to the agenda the following month.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month, and upcoming line switching with NPPD and Tri-State G&T.

          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos reviewed some of the changes for the 2022 rebate program and a Tri-State consumer survey currently being circulated.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings held virtually; (2) attendance to the Basin Annual Meeting in Bismarck; (3) attendance at MDM held at PREMA; and (4) presented a preliminary 2022 budget forecast to be considered for approval at the December meeting.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for October, purchase power including Basin and WAPA, capital credit refunds of $493M since 1957, $979M capital credits allocated still on the books to retire, and Tri-State dealing with mandatory vaccinations for federal contractors.

Items for Next Agenda: Irrigation Load Control program and 2022 Budget.

Legal Update: None.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:00 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:14 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

APPROVED:
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President                                                          Secretary


 

 MINUTES OF BUDGET HEARING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT

A Budget Hearing was held on December 16, 2021 at the hour of 1:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Chris Garrett, Gary Fuchser, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith, and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Brad Johnson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Order of Business: A motion was made to accept the Order of Business; motion carried

2022 Budget Review: Manger Briscoe reviewed presentation that was made in November regarding the 2022 Budget with slight modifications for plant items. Several questions were asked by the Board and discussion was held.

Adjournment: After questions were reviewed, President Fuchser declared the meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.


APPROVED:

____________________________________
President
____________________________________
Secretary-Treasurer

  

December 16, 2021

 

MINUTES OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING
OF
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF NORTHWEST RURAL PUBLIC POWER DISTRICT


 

A regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Northwest Rural PPD was held at the headquarters Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the hour of 1:15 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Gary Fuchser. The following Members were present and constituted a quorum: Lee Ahrens, Lucas Bear, Gary Fuchser, Christopher Garrett, Marcus Sandberg, Lynden Smith and Bruce Troester.

Also present were General Manager Chance Briscoe, Operations Manager Ron Olson, Office Manager Tony Hindman, Member Service Representative Les Tlustos, employee Brad Johnson and District Counsel Terry Curtiss.

Unless otherwise noted, all votes were taken by roll call on motion duly made and seconded and unanimously passed.

Open Meeting Law: The Open Meeting Law was acknowledged.

Agenda: Motion to accept the agenda; motion carried.

Approval of Minutes: A motion was made to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 22, 2021; motion carried.

Public Comments: None.

Check Register and Payroll Summary Review: The Check Register and Payroll Summary for the previous month were reviewed. President Fuchser declared the items as informational items requiring no Board action.

Action Items: Manager Briscoe referenced the Budget Hearing and presentation of the budget forecast for 2022. A motion was made to accept the 2022 Budget as presented; motion passed.

Financial Report: Manager Briscoe reviewed the operating report and load charts for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the financial report; motion carried.

Safety Report: Operations Manager Olson reviewed the safety statistics and safety report for the previous month. A motion was made to accept the safety report; motion carried.

Staff Reports: The staff made the following reports and answered Board questions:
          a. Operations Manager Olson reviewed the Outage Report for the previous month and the JT&S Committee at NREA Board Meeting.
          b. Member Service Representative Tlustos discussed the scholarship applications have been sent to local schools and that Tri-State will again provide scholarships.
          c. Office Manager Hindman reviewed actions from the Public Information Committee meeting at the NREA Board Meeting.

General Manager’s Report: Manager Briscoe generally reported on or discussed, among other things: (1) attendance at the Tri-State Board Committee Meetings; (2) attendance to the MidWest Electric Consumers Annual Meeting; (3) attendance at the NREA Annual Meeting; and (4) recent developments in the Tri-State matter before FERC.

Tri-State Report: Director Bear gave a report on the Tri-State board meeting where among other things he discussed operating statistics for November, coal reserves being low at the Springerville plant, TerraPower plans to install a pilot test project for small modular nuclear reactor in Wyoming, FERC docket review regarding the Contract Termination Payment, and Patronage Capital Credit retirement plans for 2021 of $10 million.

Mid-West Electric Consumers Annual Meeting: Director Smith gave a report on some of the topics covered at the meeting such as WAPA’s drought conditions affecting lake levels in Colorado, low levels in dams on the Missouri River, and a presentation from Lincoln Electric System regarding electric vehicles.

Items for Next Agenda: None.

Legal Update: District Counsel Curtiss updated the Board that the next Nebraska legislative session will be a short session and that a main component of the actions will decisions on how to spend over $1 billion federal dollars received by the state.

Other Business: None.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 2:30 p.m. to discuss staff wages for 2022; motion carried. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 3:12 p.m.; motion carried.

Staff Wages: A motion was made to approved staff wages as recommended; motion carried.

Executive Session: A motion was made to enter Executive Session at 3:13 p.m. to discuss litigation matters; motion carried with Director Bear abstaining and Director Bear left the meeting. A motion was made to exit Executive Session at 4:01 p.m.; motion carried.

Adjourn: The meeting was adjourned at 4:02 p.m.

APPROVED:
____________________________________ ____________________________________
President                                                          Secretary-Treasurer