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Times are changing A message from your C.E.O. - Tim Rodriguez


Fall is a great time of year. The temperatures are not too cold or too hot. I have lived in Oklahoma all of my life and I know what kind of winter weather we can experience. Fall also gives us a chance to prepare for winter. That is exactly what we are doing at your Cooperative. The new maintenance facility building is finished, thus allow- ing us to store equipment, line vehicles, tools and other materi- als out of the elements. It will allow KEC personnel to work on equipment inside when we need to do repairs and not have to wait on warm weather. During those occasional storms, the facility will be extremely valuable. The KEC crews look forward to getting organized in the new space and are very thankful for the improve- ment to their work environment. KEC has been in our existing facility nearly 20 years. During that time, we have experienced


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several major storms, includ- ing the massive ice storm of 2002 when we lost over 12,000 poles. Our headquar- ters have been a great as- set during these disasters. After nearly two decades, we realize that some updat- ing is necessary. We will soon make im- provements to the Kay Room and the front lobby area. At the same time, we will imple- ment safety requirements in our front lobby. KEC is part of our Statewide Cooperative safety program called RE- SAP or Rural Electric Safety Achievement Program. KEC has always participated in this valuable program to insure safety of our personnel and member consumers. Part of this program stresses safety in the workplace through adequate secure ar- eas. We will soon begin to make some security improvements to the front lobby and access to the building. We live in a great part of the state and in the twenty-five years that I have been part of KEC, we have had only a few scary instances. However, we live in a very different world than most of us grew up in and need to insure that our employees work in a secure environment and feel safe while working for the member- ship. Some disruption will occur during the construction phase of the front lobby. We do apologize for any inconvenience and do appreciate your patience. We do intend to keep the drive through


open and available for service during the remodel period. KEC is experiencing a time reminiscent of the late seventies and early eighties. Once again, oil production is very active in most of north central Oklahoma. Your KEC employees are ded- icated to serve these loads as capacity allows while managing for the future when activity will slow down. The extra loads have allowed KEC more consistent revenues permitting us to make improvements to our system that otherwise would have to wait or utilize borrowed funds. We are addressing areas that might need to be rebuilt to have a chance of withstanding some of Mother Na- ture’s fury. Storms are inevitable in Oklahoma and some are too severe for any utility. However, prudent planning and system im- provements, where needed, are part of our responsibilities. We cannot always win against Mother Nature, but being part of a Cooperative, we will strive to give our members safe and reli- able electricity.


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