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Building Plans Underway Plans progress on KEC's new office facility


regarding a possible new office facility. K


KEC CEO Jim Jackson said the co-op is working closely with Guernsey, Architect/ Engineering and Wynn Construction on building cost and design.


"We are still hopeful that costs will be in the range we originally expected," Jackson said. "We are looking forward to moving ahead with the project and have a facility that is safe from health hazards for both employees and members."


The board of trustees is expected to make a decision on possible building options by February 1. If costs are in line with expectations, construction crews could break ground on the new facility in April.


The new structure would encompass 30,000 square feet, with space for


iamichi Electric Cooperative board and staff continue to study plans and meet with architects


both offices and the co-op warehouse. Plans call for many new safety features and energy efficient enhancements including geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting throughout the building, and motion sensitive lights that turn on and off automatically.


Kiamichi Electric's current office building was built in 1971 and is not compliant with American Disability Act requirements or fire safety codes. It also suffers from serious leakage programs. Jackson said that options to remodel or add to the current building are still being considered, however, architectural plans show it to be a costly venture, even more expensive than a new building.


The co-op will continue to keep members informed on decisions regarding the office building. Please keep an eye on the Light Post for further updates.


Right of Way Work Pays Off Clearing contributes to fewer outages during ice storm


outages due to Winter Storm Cleon. K


The storm on December 5 caused widespread outages across the state. At one point, Choctaw Electric Cooperative, serving Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties, reported 10,000 consumers without power. Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC)escaped relatively unscathed, with just 75 outages reported in the Poteau and Hodgen area.


While the storm dumped more snow than ice across KEC territory, members in the co-op's southeastern region saw ice accumulations up to one inch thick. Right


iamichi Electric's right of way maintenance program paid off in considerably fewer power


of Way Supervisor Bob Owen said these areas received plenty of damage, yet the majority of powerlines were unaffected.


"Our three-phase lines held up under the storm," he said.


Right of way work along three-phase lines played a large role in preventing the major outages experienced elsewhere, he explained.


KEC right of way crews recently cleared 15 miles of line from the Hodgen substation. None of these lines were affected, he said.


The right of way team tries to clear all lines running from at least three substations every year, roughly 1,000 miles of line per substation. "It's hard work," Owen said, "But it's paying off."


Who to call at your co-op


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative is dedicated to providing excellent service for its members. The following employees are available to help you when you have questions regarding your electric service. Please call 800-888-2731 or 918-465-2338, or email questions to your co-op at support@kiamichielectric.org.





administration Jim Jackson, Chief Executive Officer Linda Baldwin, Executive Assistant Sharla Blackledge, Management Assistant


operations Bob Owens, Manager of Operations Tony Nixon, Manager of Construction Kevin Davis, Manager of Engineering


office services Crystal Butler, Chief Financial Officer Renae Taylor, Customer Service Supervisor Charlie Watkins, Chief Customer Service Representative Mandy Holy, Customer Service Representative Rashell Ward, Customer Service Representative Susan Conley, Customer Service Representative Jakiebeth Ben, Customer Service Representative Michael Cawley, Customer Service Representative


meter services Cindy Cockburn, AMR Systems Coordinator Brenda Saxon, Connects/Disconnects Rick Sheppard, Meter Technician


new services Jodie Miller, New Services Representative Wendy McCarley, New Services Assistant


accounting Kristi Vickers, Accountant Julie Guazdausky, Assistant Accountant


engineering Allen Littlejohn, Field Staking Technician Chris Alexander, Field Staking Technician


dispatching services Heather Ziverk, Dispatcher John Cook, Operations & Engineering Clerk


public relations/member relations (Includes Newsletter, Co-op Connections, Exede Internet, Energy Rebates, Safety, Youth and Operation Roundup) Todd Minshall, MR-PR Director


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