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January 2008 Board Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

January 17, 2008

 

 

                        The regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Omaha Public Power District was held in the Board Room on the Atrium Level of Energy Plaza East, on January 17, 2008, at 10:00 a.m.

 

                        Present were Directors M. J. Cavanaugh, J. K. Green, G. C. Hall, A. L. McGuire,  F. J. Ulrich and D. D. Weber.  Director N. P. Dodge Jr. and Director J. R. Thompson were absent.  Director J. K. Green arrived at 10:13 a.m.  Also present were W. G. Gates, President; M. C. Bodammer, Corporate Secretary; and S. G. Olson and S. M. Bruckner, General Counsel for the District.  Dr. Weber, Board Chair, presided, and Mrs. Bodammer, Corporate Secretary, recorded the minutes.  Other members of Management present were T. J. Burke, A. J. Minks, C. P. Moriarty, R. L. Sorenson, D. F. Widoe; D. J. Bannister, G. R. Williams, J. J. Hanson, and M. R. Jones.  Others present were Richard K. Michel, president of I.B.E.W. Local Union #763; and approximately three customer-owners and employees of the District.

 

                        The Corporate Secretary read the following:


 

“Notice of the time and place of this meeting was publicized by notifying the area news media; by  publicizing  same in the Omaha World-Herald and Outlets; by  displaying  such  notice on the Arcade Level of Energy Plaza since January 11, 2008; and by mailing such notice to each of the District’s Directors on that same date.

 

“A copy of the proposed agenda for this meeting has been maintained, on a current basis, and is readily available for public inspection in the office of the District’s Corporate Secretary.

 

“Additionally, a copy of the Open Meetings Law is available for inspection in the public meeting book located in this meeting room.”          


 

                        It was moved and seconded that the Board has reviewed the November 2007 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Report and that the minutes for the last meeting be approved.  The vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Absent; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Absent; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

 

 

 

                        Thereafter, the Corporate Secretary read the following:

 

“Persons wishing to address the Board on a particular item are asked to approach the microphone as that agenda item is discussed.  Comments will be heard following Board discussion of the item and prior to a vote by the Board.”

 

                        The following resolutions were then read, and upon motion duly seconded, were placed on roll call.  The vote on each resolution is indicated following the description of that resolution.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5668 approves the award of Request for Proposal No. 2701 – Instrumentation and Control Technicians – to Givoo Consultants, Incorporated, in the amount of $452,120.63.  Director Ulrich led the discussion and commented this contract will provide technicians to supplement the technical staff at Fort Calhoun Station during the spring 2008 refueling and maintenance outage and includes an option to extend the contract for three additional outages. He noted that 20 professional technicians would be utilized (10 per shift).  Thereafter, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Absent; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5669 authorizes Management to enter into an Exchange Agreement with the University of Nebraska and to transfer ownership of the Omaha Center property and acquire replacement property in accordance with the terms of the Exchange Agreement.  Director McGuire led the discussion and summarized the various events, beginning in June 2007, leading to this decision point.  Director Hall called upon Mr. Stephen Bruckner, representing the District’s General Counsel, and inquired whether any additional legal requirements will come before the Board later.  Mr. Bruckner stated the Board only needs to authorize the sale of the property that includes that Omaha Center, which is being approved with this resolution.  He also clarified for Director Hall that this action binds the District to sell the property and move the Omaha Center later to the new site which will be developed by UNMC.  Mr. Bruckner emphasized the resolution is written so that Management is authorized to execute the exchange agreement after General Counsel has conducted its final review and approval of the agreement, so there is some leeway if needed.  Director Ulrich inquired about the anticipated date the new Omaha Center will open.  Vice President Minks replied the agreement calls for completion by December 2012, at the latest, depending on the University’s funding.  She indicated they are interested in completing the property exchange sooner if possible.  Director McGuire then inquired whether the project is contingent upon whether Saddle Creek Road is eventually moved, and Ms. Minks stated the Saddle Creek Road issue will have no impact on the exchange agreement.  Director Hall stated this is a win-win agreement for both the District and UNMC in terms of how the new locations can best serve their respective businesses.

 

 

Following the discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Absent; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5670 approves the award of Request for Proposal No. 2648 – 161-13.8 kV Transformer 15/20/25 (28) MVA – to PanAmerica Supply Inc. c/o ILJIN in the amount of $913,978.  Following discussion, led by Director Cavanaugh, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Absent; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

(Note:  Director Green entered the meeting during the reading of Resolution No. 5671.)

 

                         RESOLUTION NO. 5671 approves the Engineer’s Certification and authorizes Management to negotiate and enter into an acceptable contract for the repair/rewind of the failed transformer.  Following discussion, led by Director Green, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5672 approves the Pledged Securities or Surety Bond covering the District’s account balances held at financial institutions.  Following discussion, led by Director Green, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5673 approves the compensation adjustments for Vice President Adrian J. Minks and Vice President Dale F. Widoe.  Director McGuire led the discussion commenting that the upcoming retirement of Vice President Roger Sorenson resulted in Management’s decision to redistribute his responsibilities among the other senior managers, thus eliminating one vice president position.  Ms. Minks has been given responsibility for the Information Technology Division; Mr. Widoe is responsible for all Transmission and Distribution activities; and Mr. Burke, who previously had Transmission and Distribution, now is accountable for the Human Resources Division.  These additional responsibilities created the need for midpoint reevaluations and resulted in different midpoints for both Mr. Widoe and Ms. Minks. Director Hall commented that a company-wide goal is to become a leaner company by blending roles and responsibilities, and senior management is setting a good example with its decision to eliminate one position in the executive office.  Director Ulrich also commented that both Ms. Minks and Mr. Widoe have had high profile roles in Otoe County during the past two years in connection with Nebraska City Station Unit 2 and the transmission line projects, and both have done outstanding jobs which have been acknowledged by the customers of southeast Nebraska.  Thereafter, the vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.

 

 

The next order of business was the election of Board Officers.  The Board proposed a roll call vote.

 

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

 

                        Director McGuire nominated Director Ulrich for the office of Chairman of the Board.  As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Absent; Ulrich – Yes; Cavanaugh – Yes; Weber – Yes.    The motion carried.  Director Ulrich was elected Chairman of the Board.

 

VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

 

                        Director Cavanaugh nominated Director Green for the office of Vice Chairman of the Board.  As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Absent; Ulrich – Yes; Cavanaugh – Yes; Weber – Yes.    The motion carried.  Director Green was elected Vice Chairman of the Board.

 

TREASURER OF THE BOARD

 

                        Director Ulrich nominated Director Dodge for the office of Treasurer of the Board.  As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Absent; Ulrich – Yes; Cavanaugh – Yes; Weber – Yes.    The motion carried.  Director Dodge was elected Treasurer of the Board.

 

SECRETARY OF THE BOARD

 

                        Director Cavanaugh nominated Director Thompson for the office of Secretary of the Board.  As there were no other nominations, nominations were closed and the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Absent; Ulrich – Yes; Cavanaugh – Yes; Weber – Yes. The motion carried.  Director Thompson was elected Secretary of the Board.

 

Minutes

Regular Board Meeting

January 17, 2008

Page 5

 

 

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5674 approves a resolution honoring Roger L. Sorenson upon his retirement.  The Corporate Secretary read a resolution of appreciation for the services of Mr. Sorenson, who will be retiring from the District on February 1, 2008, following more than 34 years of service.  Thereafter, all Directors gave Mr. Sorenson their personal well wishes.  The vote was recorded as follows:  Cavanaugh – Yes; Dodge – Absent; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; Thompson – Absent; McGuire – Yes; Ulrich – Yes; and Weber – Yes.  The motion carried.  Board Chair Weber then presented Mr. Sorenson with a formally framed copy of the resolution. 

 

                        Copies of the foregoing resolutions are filed in the District’s Corporate Records file.

 

                        The next order of business was the opportunity for comment on other items of District business.

 

                        At this point in the meeting, Director Ulrich presented a plaque to Director Weber as a token of the Board’s appreciation for a job well done.  He commented Dr. Weber’s presence has elevated the credibility of the Board as reflected in his services during the past two years.  Through Dr. Weber’s leadership, the District expanded its entry into the area of sustainable and alternative energy by establishing and funding a new division.  OPPD partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build an energy-efficient home to address the company’s concern that rising energy costs affect those who have financial problems.  Additionally the District’s Elk City Landfill gas-to-energy power station provided more renewable energy to OPPD customers.  He remarked that the near completion of the longest new transmission line in OPPD history will put Nebraska City Station Unit 2 on line in 2009.  Director Ulrich continued by noting the completion of the largest  nuclear plant refurbishment project in the world which was completed on time and on budget.  He concluded by remarking on the installation of automatic meters throughout the District’s service territory, and the significant accomplishments of receiving the sixth and seventh consecutive J.D. Power Awards for customer satisfaction.

 

                        There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:36 a.m.

 

A.J. Minks                                        M.C. Bodammer

Assistant Secretary                            Corporate Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

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