Gene Huston receives Director Gold Certificate

Gene Huston of the Lyon-Coffey Electric Board, has received the Director Gold Certificate.
The Director Gold is a new National Rural Electric Cooperative Association certificate program geared toward directors who are committed to continuing their education beyond the Cooperative Director Certificate (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC). In order to earn Direct Gold, they must first earn CCD and BLC certificates, plus three additional credits. Director Gold demonstrates an ongoing commitment to advancing their knowledge and performing their fiduciary duty to the best of their ability. Please help us congratulate Gene for his continued dedication and expertise to Lyon- Coffey Electric!

Nominating Committee Report

The nominating committee met on Oct. 6, 2017, and nominated the following individuals as candidates for the Trustee positions whose three-year terms will be expiring:

District 2 – DAVID KUNKEL
District 3 – STACY HEINS

The election of all candidates will be held by mail ballot in December. Each member will be mailed one ballot for the slated candidates. Ballots will need to be returned to the cooperative office by Jan. 1, 2018.

Article IV of Lyon-Coffey Electric’s Bylaws details the board election policies. Lyon-Coffey Electric Bylaws

Harkrader Appointed to Board

Lyon-Coffey Electric board of trustees is proud to announce ROBERT HARKRADER has been appointed to the vacant board position.
Harkrader and his wife, Janet, reside in New Strawn. They have two grown sons, Allen and Bryan. Harkrader has been a member of the Lyon-
Coffey Electric for 28 years. We look forward to his service on the Lyon-Coffey Electric board of trustees.

Meeting Notice – Grid Access Charge

The grid access charge is designed to recover the cooperative’s cost associated with owning and maintaining the distribution facilities required to provide reliable electric service when the member has installed distributive generation cannot meet its own supply needs.
A hearing will be held by the board of trustees on Nov. 27, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the co-op office (1013 N 4th St., Burlington) to discuss implementing this charge on all new installations after Jan. 1, 2018. Any member-generators operating distributive generators prior to this date will be grandfathered in, and the grid access charge will be waived until such time as the member modifies the nameplate capacity of the generation.

Cold Weather Season Policy

Lyon-Coffey will not disconnect a member’s residential service when the forecast is such that the temperature will drop below 35 degrees in the 24-hour period following the time of disconnection unless it is:

** At the member’s request;
** The service appears abandoned;
** Dangerous conditions exist on the member’s premises;
** The member violates any rule of the cooperative which adversely affects the safety of the member, or other members, or the physical integrity of the co-ops delivery system;
** The member causes or permits unauthorized interference of electric service situated or delivered on or about the member’s premises; and/ or
** The member has a remote disconnect device attached to his/her meter and the temperature at the local office is above 35 degrees.

The member can avoid disconnection by paying his/her past due balance before the scheduled disconnect day. If you would like to make a payment arrangement, please call our office for eligibility.
The Cold Weather Season Policy extends from Nov. 15 through March 15 and is to ensure that human health and safety are not unreasonably endangered during the cold weather months.
Prepaid meters are not protected by the Cold Weather Rule. For more information concerning assistance with your electric bill please contact Lyon-Coffey in Burlington at 620-364- 2116 or in Emporia at 620-342-0553.

Unplanned Outage NW of Emporia

During the night of July 27, 2016 about 1200 Lyon-Coffey Electric members NW of Emporia experienced an unplanned outage for up to 6 hours. This outage was caused by a breaker failure on a high voltage distribution line between substations. Lyon-Coffey Electric brought in several technicians to determine the safest solution to quickly restore power.

All members’ power was restored by early morning.

Lyon-Coffey reminds members to contact the outage hotline to report outages, 1-800-748-7395

Toronto Scheduled Outage

Thursday May 19th from 9am to 1pm Westar will have power off to the Toronto area off. Last weekend there was strong winds that moved thru the are and Westar lost upwards of 30 distribution poles. While they worked thru the night and early morning to get the distribution power lines restored they will need to shut power off for final repairs.

We will also be making phone contact to our members that will be affect.

Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative, Inc. Announces Centralized Headquarters Location

Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative, Inc.  Announces
Centralized Headquarters Location

Burlington, Kansas April 27, 2016 – Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative announced today that the Board of Trustees has approved building a headquarters facility at Beto Junction (Intersection of I-35 and Hwy 75).   Several years of studying and planning went into the decision to centralize the cooperative’s operations.

The cooperative is facing a host of issues that precipitated undertaking this study, including:  inefficiencies and the high costs of operating multiple locations, the age and deterioration of the Burlington facility, a concern about the ability to operate should an incident occur at the Wolf Creek Nuclear plant, as well as the need for additional office space.

“Our current building in Burlington has served the Cooperative for more than 60 years. In order for us to continue providing the level of service our members expect and deserve today and into the future, it is vital that the cooperative have a facility which will allow us to maximize efficiencies, says Scott Whittington, General Manager of the cooperative. “For our member’s convenience, we will be keeping the Emporia office (1801 West 18th Ave.) open to accept payments.”

The Board retained the services of Stava Construction to design and build a structure that will meet the needs of Lyon-Coffey Electric membership for many years to come. Stava has experience in constructing commercial buildings throughout Kansas and the Midwest and has been the primary builder for several CVS Pharmacies and Dollar General Stores. Construction of the new cooperative building should begin sometime during the summer of 2016.

 

Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative, Inc. serves 7,315 businesses and households in Anderson, Chase, Coffey, Franklin, Greenwood, Lyon, Osage, Wabaunsee and Woodson counties. Their current headquarters office is located at 1013 N. 4th Street, Burlington, Kansas.

Stacy Heins appointed to Lyon-Coffey Board

Lyon-Coffey Electric board is proud to announce Stacy Heins has been appointed to the vacant board position. Stacy is an elementary teacher at Burlington Elementary School and along with her husband Travis have a farm in the Olpe area.  Stacy has been a member of Lyon-Coffey Electric cooperative for 13 years and we look forward to her service on the Lyon-Coffey Electric board of trustees.