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March 2009 Board Meeting Minutes

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March 19, 2009

 

 

                        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 March 19, 2009, at 10:00 a.m.

 

                        Present were Directors M. J. Cavanaugh, N. P. Dodge Jr., J. K. Green, G. C. Hall, A. L. McGuire, J. R. Thompson and F. J. Ulrich.  Director Weber was absent.  Also present were W. G. Gates, President; M. C. Bodammer, Corporate Secretary; and S. M. Bruckner, General Counsel for the District.  Mr. Ulrich, Board Chair, presided, and Mrs. Bodammer, Corporate Secretary, recorded the minutes.  Other members of Management present were D. J. Bannister, T. J. Burke, E. E. Easterlin, A. J. Minks, D. F. Widoe, Cynthia Buettner, G. R. Williams and M. R. Jones.  Others present were C. E. Perkins of I.B.E.W. Local Union #763; M. A. Salerno of I.B.E.W. Local Unit #1483; Lynn Moorer; Mark Welsch; and approximately 6 additional 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 March 13, 2009; 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 reviewed the January 2009 Comprehensive Financial and Operating Report and that the minutes and the excused absence of Director Thompson for the last meeting be approved.  The vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Abstain; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - 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. 5763 approves the 2008 Annual Report for the District’s Health Plan.  Director Dodge noted State of Nebraska statutes require that the Board of Directors review and approve this report on the District’s self-funded Health Plan.   Director McGuire commented there was a seven percent decrease in health care expenses in 2008.  She also noted the addition of the High Deductible Health Plan.  Board Chair Ulrich said this has been a valuable asset to District employees and one which the Board must continue to be fiducially responsible for in order to maintain its economical benefits.  Following discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5764 approves the District’s Chief Financial Officer, as Assistant Treasurer, or authorized delegates be granted authority to execute Right-of-Way Drafts up to a maximum individual withdrawal amount of $3,000, and supersedes previous Resolution No. 5590 which allowed for a maximum withdrawal amount of $14,000 for use in connection with Nebraska City Station Unit 2 transmission line activities.  Director Hall stated that, should the District be in an acquisition mode in the future, the Board may authorize a temporary increase to this amount.  Following discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5765 approves the Engineer’s Certification and authorizes Management to enter into a contract with Bartlett Nuclear, Inc. to provide the radiation protection, dosimetry and decontamination services in support of the 2009 refueling outage in the amount of $2,018,000.  Following discussion led by Director Green, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5766 approves the award of a contract with Park Construction for the construction and realignment of existing railroad tracks at North Omaha Station during 2009 at a cost not to exceed $1,816,228.  Director Hall noted that the savings realized by rate reduction incentives provided in the coal transportation agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company amounts to a payback to the District of less than two years. Following discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

 

 

                        RESOLUTION NO. 5767 approves the award of Request for Proposal No. 2986 – North Omaha Power Station Unit 1 – Main Step Up Power Transformer – to Delta Star, Inc. in the amount of $982,140.  Board Chair Ulrich commented that this contract is less than one-half of the Engineer’s Estimate and at some point in time it might become necessary to reevaluate the formula for developing the Engineer’s Estimates to better reflect the economic climate.  Vice President Widoe responded in agreement and added the estimates are currently based on historical data from 2007 and 2008.  Mr. Widoe added this will be taken into consideration for future estimates.  Following discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

                                   

RESOLUTION NO. 5768 approves the compensation adjustments for Vice President Timothy J. Burke and Vice President Dale F. Widoe, effective April 1, 2009.  The Board commented on the importance of investing in good people to maintain company strength and also expressed appreciation for the hard work evidenced by both gentlemen as well as the entire senior management team.  Director Hall remarked the direction the Board is taking toward incentive pay for solid performance is the route of the future.  Following discussion, the vote was recorded as follows:  Dodge – Yes; Green – Yes; Hall – Yes; McGuire – Yes; Thompson – Yes; Weber – Absent; Cavanaugh – Yes; and Ulrich - Yes.  The motion carried.

 

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

 

                        At this time, Board Chair Ulrich recognized Ms. Mary Spurgeon (1712 Wayne, #6, Bellevue, Nebraska 68005).  Ms. Spurgeon stated she has lived in this part of the state for 21 years and has been very impressed with OPPD’s services, including customer service, storm recovery efforts and the low utility rates, and commented OPPD is a well-run entity.  Ms. Sturgeon expressed her appreciation for the classes being offered to OPPD customer-owners on household energy efficiency methods.  Having attended a few classes, she said she appreciated the instructor’s expertise and willingness to find answers to questions raised.  Ms. Sturgeon said she has been a green energy partner ever since the opportunity to participate was offered by the District and encouraged the Board to expand its scope in this area.  Coming from Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, she remarked OPPD has statewide support and rural customers are aware of land stewardship and conservation.  She said green energy speaks to the “roots” of Nebraskans and she also hopes the State legislature will support bills that allow individuals with initiative to produce green energy on their own property or other parts of the state and, when possible, to feed extra energy into the state grid.  

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:32 a.m.

 

 

 

A. J. Minks                                                                  M. C. Bodammer

Assistant Secretary                                                     Corporate Secretary

 

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