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Section A: General News


FELPS, Cycle Ranch meet halfway


FELPS, Cycle Ranch meet halfway
Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) General Manager Kyle Dicke (left) presents a framed copy of a resolution to his predecessor, David McMillan, during the Jan. 30 meeting of the FELPS board of trustees. McMillan served the utility for 19 years.


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FLORESVILLE -- Expansion of the Cycle Ranch motocross park has put its current single-phase electrical feed within 100 amps of reaching its capacity. This is why the park’s new ownership reached a deal with the Floresville Electric Light & Power System’s (FELPS) board Jan. 30, which will pave the way for installation of three-phase service at a reduced rate.

Cycle Ranch is located on C.R. 405 southeast of Floresville. FELPS’ former General Manager David McMillan said that for the park to have three-phase service, a line would have to be extended to the park from U.S. 181, which is a distance of more than 3 miles. A preliminary estimate priced the work at approximately $60,000, which is why Cycle Ranch’s Chief Executive Officer Iain Grae asked if the board could reduce that cost.

McMillan said that other commercial customers located along C.R. 405 -- which is known as Sunnyside Road when it enters the Floresville city limits -- have expressed an interest in upgrading to three-phase service, if ever FELPS were to upgrade electrical lines in that area. Also, he said, preliminary estimates are that Cycle Ranch’s electric bills will total at least $2,000 per month, meaning that if the utility upgraded the lines for $30,000, FELPS could recoup the difference in less than 12 years.

The board voted unanimously to halve the cost of installation.

More about Cycle Ranch’s new ownership and its proposed changes will follow in a future edition of the Wilson County News.

Also during the meeting, the board underwent some changes, selecting Larry Stavinoha and Vernon Lambeck as chairman and vice chairman, respectively. They also presented framed copies of resolutions to outgoing board members Ronnie Bohmann and former Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada. The term for Bohmann, the board’s former chairman and rotating member representing Stockdale, expired. Tejada, the board’s former chairman, saw the end of his term -- which ran concurrent with his mayoral term -- in November.

Also departing from FELPS was McMillan, who retired effective Jan. 31 after having worked there for 19 years. Since March 1996, McMillan was FELPS’ general manager, overseeing the system’s growth and expansion, most recently because of the increased need for electricity for energy companies exploring oil and natural gas within the Eagle Ford shale play.

“I will miss the people the most,” McMillan said. “We’ve got a lot of good staff. I will miss the daily interaction with those people.”

The former general manger and his wife, Nora, are members of the La Vernia United Methodist Church in La Vernia, for which the couple plans to perform missionary work. The McMillans recently were in Chiapas, Mexico, with a medical team that performed cataract surgery for some of the indigenous people in the region located near Guatemala. Their next scheduled trip is to the hills outside Oaxaca, Mexico.

In other business, the board:

•Approved the distribution to participating cities for 2012. Floresville’s portion, 64 percent, will total $570,260.35, while Poth and Stockdale each will receive $160,387.12. The money will be paid in 12 monthly installments.

•Approved a cost-of-living pay increase of 1.5 percent for full-time employees. FELPS currently employs 73 full-time workers.

•Approved the implementation of recommendations from a recent classification and compensation study. The study revealed that 10 employees were being underpaid, while seven employees were being overpaid, according to market conditions. Those being underpaid will receive the appropriate salary adjustments, while those being overpaid will be exempted from this year’s cost-of-living increase.

•Reviewed the purchased- power adjustments for December and January, which were charges of $5.17 per 1,000 kilowatt hours and $10.29 per 1,000 kilowatt hours, respectively.

•Learned from General Manager Kyle Dicke that the sale of the Felpsis.net Internet system to GVEC was completed Jan. 5.

In attendance: FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke, Assistant General Manager David McMillan, Director of Financial Services Marcy Jacobs, Manager of Technology Brent Jendrusch, and board members Vernon Lambeck, Marlin Tanneberger, Ignacio Vasquez, Larry Stavinoha, Patrick Pollok, and Floresville Mayor Diana Garza; and former board members Ronnie Bohmann and former Floresville Mayor Daniel Tejada.

 

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