Congratulations to ARPA Award Recipients for 2016: At their meeting on May 25, the ARPA Board of Directors announced the recipients of the Gordon Robertson and Tom Pryor Awards for 2016.

Allen Hill, a former ARPA Board Member from the City of La Junta, has been named the recipient of the Gordon Robertson Award for Distinguished Service on the Board of Directors. Allen was selected for his loyal support to defend the goals and mission of the Arkansas River Power Authority; for his outstanding leadership in the La Junta community; for his immersion into Public Power through his service on the La Junta Utilities Board; for his common sense and vision to think outside the box; for his ability to remain focused on the fiscal sustainability of ARPA and the betterment of all the member communities; and his “it’s a privilege to serve” attitude.

Michelle Miles was named as the Tom Pryor Award recipient for 2016 for Exceptional Contribution to Public Power. Michelle is an ARPA Board Member and a member of the Trinidad City Council. Michelle was recognized for her independent and sound judgment in decision making; her creative ability to find solutions that benefit all; her strong leadership on the Trinidad City Council and ARPA Board of Directors; her vast knowledge in finances and serving as Treasurer of the ARPA Board of Directors; her public service commitment to the citizens of Trinidad and to Public Power; and for her superb negotiating skills and willingness to serve on yet another “negotiating team”.

2017 Integrated Resource Plan: The ARPA Board of Directors approved an Integrated Resource Plan and directed its submittal to Western Area Power Administration. The Resource Plan recommended 2-year and 5-year action plans.
2-Year Action Plan:
• Consider repowering the existing wind turbines;
• Monitor developments related to the Mountain West Transmission Group (MWTG) and its organized energy market;
• Continue low-cost energy efficiency measures;
• Continue trend toward replacing street lighting with LED fixtures.
5-Year Action Plan:
• Continue actions from Two-Year Action Plan;
• Begin process of securing replacement power supply resources at the end of the existing Twin Eagle Resource Management agreement.

Roman Horn Appointed by the Town of Springfield to Serve on the ARPA Board of Directors: Roman Horn was appointed by the Town of Springfield to serve on the ARPA Board for a 4-year term ending December 31, 2019. Roman has been employed by the Town of Springfield for 5 years. He initially worked as the street superintendent before transferring to the electric department where he currently serves as the acting electric superintendent. Roman is not a stranger to the ARPA Organization; he also serves on the Operating Committee. We’d like to welcome Roman to the ARPA Board of Directors and hope he finds his time of service both educational and rewarding.

Summary of April 2017 Financial and Operating Statements: During the month of April, total operating revenues were better than budget by $61,590. Total cost of goods sold were over budget 2.2%, and A & G expenses for the month were over budget by $14,343. There were net revenues of $173,378 for the month. Total Revenues YTD are better than budget by $159,554. Member sales for April were 1.4% better than April of 2016 and better than budget by 3.5%. Member Sales YTD are about 2.8% better than budget.

Next ARPA Meeting: The next regularly scheduled ARPA board meeting is Thursday, July 27, 2017 by WebCast. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. If any member of the public desires an agenda for the meeting or wishes to attend, please call the ARPA office at 719.336.3496 for further instruction. ARPA board meetings are open to the public.

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