Danny Brawner, general manager over the Carroll County Electric Department (CCED), was pleased to announce during Thursday’s board meeting that the utility provider recently received a squeaky clean audit report for the 2018-19 fiscal year.
“There were no current year findings and no prior year findings,” said Brawner, who praised financial officer Ryan Drewry and his office staff. “Ryan runs a tight ship.”
Board chairman Terry Howell commended Brawner and Drewry for good fiscal responsibility.
“This should make our customers feel good,” said Howell.
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Mutual assistance provided for storm damage
Brawner advised the board that the CCED is providing mutual assistance to Henderson and Decatur Counties to help repair recent electric grid damage in those two counties caused by strong storms and winds.
“Henderson and Decatur County were hit really hard,” said Brawner. “They say it’s worse than the 94’ ice storm.”
According to Brawner, the CCED is lending out over half its personnel and equipment with the target counties reimbursing the CCED for labor, transportation costs, materials, and for man hours at time and a half.
Brawner pointed out that if a federal disaster is declared, the two counties should be able to get back 80 percent of the expense in the form of a grant.
“We have mutual aid agreements with the surrounding utility districts, and they would be helping us out if the situation was reversed,” said Brawner. “We’re not trying to make money on this; we just try to break even.”
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In other business:
•The board approved a $32,840 bid for the purchase of a Ford F-350 4×4 from United Utility Equipment Service to serve as an additional foreman’s truck for the Huntingdon crew.
•Brawner advised the board that the company Christmas party has been set for Dec. 5 at the Carroll County Civic Center with hors d’oeuvres being served at 6:15 p.m. and the dinner starting at 7:15 p.m.
•Brawner informed the board that TVA is offering a Round-Up program in which customers will have the option of rounding their bills up to the nearest dollar with the money going to help fund electricity saving home repairs and upgrades for homeowners who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. CCED customers will have the choice of opting out of the program if they want.
•Brawner advised the board that only 160 old meters still need to be replaced with new digital meters as part of the ongoing AMI system upgrade.
•The next two board meetings were set for Nov. 20 and Dec. 19, both at 2:30 p.m.