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FELPS board allocates $416K for radio tower
FLORESVILLE -- Citing the need for improved radio communications with workers in some areas north of here, board members for the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) Aug. 28 approved the erection of a 300-foot radio communications tower.
The tower will be built at FELPS’ Eagle Creek substation, located across from the Floresville North Elementary School on F.M. 775 north of the city. The station services areas including the Eagle Creek Ranch and Abrego Lakes residential subdivisions, and the communities of Saspamco, Cañada Verde, and Calaveras, said FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke. Varying terrain in those areas makes 2-way radio communication difficult, he said, and cellular telephone coverage is minimal.
The board’s approval of the tower stipulated that the project not exceed a cost of $415,775. Dicke said that while FELPS likely will not recoup the full amount of this investment, some telephone and Internet companies already have expressed interest in locating equipment on the tower.
Also during the meeting, Dicke told the board that the purchased-power adjustment reflected on bills mailed Aug. 23 reflects a credit of $6.54 per 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity usage. This is a complete change from last month’s $32.60 charge.
In other business, Dicke informed the board of the following personnel changes:
•Slaton McCauley, who was set to begin work Sept. 3, will serve as FELPS’ GIS coordinator. She previously worked in that capacity with the San Marcos Utility Authority and will be responsible for creating and maintaining electronic maps of FELPS’ electric system.
•William Bissette is set to start Dec. 2 as the operations manager, following his retirement as the utility manager for the city of Seguin. He will assist Dicke as supervisor of the fleet services, warehouse operations, meter technicians, meter readers, line design, and service crews.
The board also voted unanimously to award a bid for a cargo truck to San Antonio-based Grande Ford. Grande submitted the lowest bid of four received by FELPS. The utility will pay $72,930 to purchase a 2013 Ford F-750, which will replace a 1977 3/4-ton GMC cargo truck that will be sold as surplus.
In attendance: Board members Mark Moczygemba, Patrick Pollock, Larry Stavinoha, Ignacio Vasquez, Marlin Tanneberger, Vernon Lambeck, and Floresville Mayor Diana Garza; FELPS General Manager Kyle Dicke and Finance Manager Marcy Jacobs.
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