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Section A: General News


FELPS board tightens utility payment policies


FELPS board tightens utility payment policies
Floresville Electric Light & Power System General Manager Kyle Dicke


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March 5, 2014
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FLORESVILLE -- Customers of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS) should be aware of key changes to the terms and conditions that were approved by the board of trustees at its Feb. 26 meeting.

Among the changes:

•Only two returned checks will be allowed before a customer will be required to submit subsequent payments only by cash or credit card. Payments by check only can resume after 12 consecutive months of satisfactory payment history.

•Prohibition against partial payments has been removed.

•The Good Credit Rating class only will apply to customers with no payments made after the final delinquent date during a consecutive 24-month period.

•The irrevocable letter of credit option for waiving deposits has been eliminated for both commercial and residential customers.

•The minimum credit score for residential customers to qualify for a reduced deposit has increased from 650 to 750. The minimum deposit has been increased to $150. Those not qualifying for reduced deposits will be required to pay $250 or twice the average bill, whichever is higher.

For more information, visit www.felps.us or call 830-216-7000.

Also during the meeting, the board received a presentation from Art Campsey of the San Antonio-based accounting firm Haass, Lindow & Campsey about FELPS’ 2013 financial audit, on which the utility received an “unqualified” or clean opinion. There were no recommendations or concerns contained within Campsey’s report.

In other business, the board voted to end FELPS’ decades-old practice of selling electrician-grade supplies to retail customers. While meter cans still will be sold, due to the need for FELPS to maintain its standard, all other leftover inventory will be sold off via online auction.

General Manager Kyle Dicke said FELPS began selling the items -- such as electrical conduit, switch plates, and wiring -- more than 40 years ago because of the limited places where customers could purchase such products. Since home-improvement centers located in the area are more competitive, he said the lack of accountability, along with the costs for manpower and inventory, no longer makes it feasible for FELPS to continue the practice.

Also during the meeting, the board recognized former trustee Marlin Tanneberger and retiring Line Design Foreman Benedict “Ben” Wiatrek Jr. Tanneberger served eight years as an advisory board member from La Vernia, while Wiatrek worked for FELPS for 39 years.

Also in attendance: Finance Manager Marcy Jacobs, Technology Manager Brent Jendrusch, Operations Manager William Bissette Jr.; and board members Mark Moczygemba, Vernon Lambeck, Roger Miller, Ignacio Vasquez, Larry Stavinoha, Patrick Pollok, and Floresville Mayor Diana Garza.
 

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