BY LAUREN HENRY
The Greeneville Light & Power System's board of directors voted to renew insurance coverage after a report by John McInturff,Jr. with McInturff, Milligan & Brooks, Inc. insurance, bonds and risk management.
The board held a meeting Monday morning in the GL&PS building.
The plan has the same coverage that the GL&PS had in the past with minimal cost differences.
Patricia Kirk, customer service representative, gave a report of the National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) annual meeting in San Diego, where she learned more about the online software that GL&PS uses.
GL&PS has been online for about a year with online bill-paying for customers. Work is under way to integrate prepay as a next step.
The NISC meeting discussed new technology solutions such as smartphone, tablet and Web applications, a new mapping solution, and cloud data storage.
The contract with US Nitrogen is still pending, the board was informed.
"They are still hung up on a few words," General Manager Bill Carroll said. "I don't know which words, but whenever they are ready, we are ready."
US Nitrogen may well turn out to be the biggest user of electricity among all GL&PS customers.
The company has made a commitment that indicates the projected startup of the plant off Pottertown Road remains on track.
US Nitrogen had sent GL&PS a bank draft for $338,711 for the utility to order a power contract, and Carroll said negotiations related to that contract are still ongoing.
The board approved the routine purchase of transformers from ERMCO.
According to Carroll, some of the manufacturing of parts is done locally in Greeneville.
Carroll asked the board to keep this in mind if a bid with ERMCO and another company comes to a close contest.
"It would be nice to support local business," Carroll said.
Both revenue and expenses for the month of August were under expectations, a fact that Carroll attributes this to the cooler weather.
The Mount Pleasant substation is on schedule to be completed in late October or early November, according to a report by Chuck Bowlin, Superintendent of Engineering & Operations.