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With PEC’s Help, Organizations are Awarded Over $90,000 in Grants
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 • Posted December 29, 2011

Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors recognized at its Dec. 19 meeting five PEC-area organizations that were awarded grants through the Community Development Partnership Program. The organizations received a combined total of $90,882 in grants from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The CDPP was created in 1995 after the Texas legislature authorized a provision for the development of economic and community development programs, grants and in-kind services through the LCRA. Since 1996, 242 grants totaling $3.8 million have been awarded to local government entities or non-profit groups in the PEC service area.

“The CDPP provides funds for capital improvement and economic development projects that benefit our membership,” said Jeanell Davis, PEC’s Community Services Manager. “PEC’s economic development staff helps organizations with their development of sustainable programs through this partnership.”

The recipients recognized at the Board meeting were:

• Buda Volunteer Fire Department, $25,000

• Post Oak Community Association, $25,000

• Lake Buchanan Chamber of Commerce, $20,843

• Dripping Springs Youth Sports Association, $10,595

• Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department/Emergency Medical Services, $9,444

The Board also adopted a 2012 operations and maintenance budget and a 2012 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Board praised Chief Financial Officer Frank Skube and Engineering Manager Robert Peterson and their staffs for successfully completing the budget and CIP on schedule.

The Board also conducted a quarterly performance review of Chief Executive Officer RB Sloan, and Board President and District 2 Director Cristi Clement said Sloan’s performance was “fully satisfactory.” Other Directors agreed and stated that the Board strongly supports Sloan and is pleased with the work he has done in 2011

The Board also passed a resolution to help those people affected by this year’s wildfires in Central Texas. The Board agreed to waive certain deposits, connect fees and impact fees to make it easier for people to get service with PEC. This support has already helped about 50 people and will continue to be available through March. Anyone who might be eligible for this support and wants to learn more is encouraged to call 888-554-4732.

In other business, the Board:

• Announced that nomination materials for members interested in participating in the 2012 Board election will be available beginning on Jan. 18, 2012.

• Approved a resolution directing staff to develop a plan to implement an Operation Roundup program as part of PEC’s Community Giving Program Policy.

During the member comment portion of the meeting, members spoke about the Cooperative’s line-extension policy and about the definition of competitive matters.

The Board voted to hold special meetings on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 to interview general counsel candidates. The next regular Board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at PEC headquarters.

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