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KEYS’ SERVICE BUILDING RENOVATION EARNS HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD

12/22/2016 ~ The Key West Chamber of Commerce recently presented Keys Energy Services (KEYS) with a Historic Preservation Award for the recent renovations to its Service Building at 1001 James Street, Key West.

The $6.2-million renovation project returned the midcentury modern aesthetic to the exterior of KEYS’ Service Building to reference the 1950s style when the building was originally constructed. The project was designed by Bender & Associates and executed by Biltmore Construction.


UTILITY BOARD CHAIR BATTY TAPPED FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC POWER COUNCIL

12/22/2016 ~ The American Public Power Association (APPA) and its Board of Directors recently tapped Utility Board Chair Peter Batty to serve a three year term as a member of its Policy Makers Council (PMC).

The PMC is made up of locally elected and appointed officials from public power communities across the country. Its mission is to assist APPA in moving legislation forward that is important to public power electric utilities nationwide.

Batty has served on the Utility Board since 2005 and has been its Chair since 2013. The APPA is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving 14-percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.


KEYS’ DON PAXSON TO RETIRE AFTER 20-YEARS OF SERVICE

12/21/2016 ~ On December 30, 2016, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Don Paxson, will retire after 20-years of continuous service to the Utility.

Paxson was originally hired in 1996 when the Utility was named City Electric System. During his tenure he previously held the position of System Load Dispatcher prior to completing his career as a Power System Coordinator within the Engineering and Control department. Paxson is also a past president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W) Local 1990.

When asked about the biggest changes he experienced while working at KEYS, Paxson said, “an increase in system reliability and technology which helps identify outages.” In discussing his most memorable experiences over the past 20-years he recalled being awarded employee of the year in 2002 and working through Hurricanes Georges in 1998 and Wilma in 2005.

In retirement, Paxson will be free of a 12-hour work shift and anticipates missing his “morning con leche at Sandy’s Café” on his way into work. After a 20-year career at KEYS, he has earned the right to take his coffee break whenever he desires.


KEYS VIN SMITH TO RETIRE AFTER 23-YEARS OF SERVICE

12/16/2016 ~ On December 30, 2016, Keys Energy Services’ (KEYS) Vin Smith, will retire after 23-years of continuous service to the Utility.

Smith was originally hired in 1993 when the Utility was named City Electric System. Throughout his entire tenure he has held the position of Geographic Information System (GIS)/Autocad Operator within the Engineering department. In his post, he was responsible for accurately maintaining the GIS, providing accurate electrical drawings to ensure personnel safety and system reliability, and providing facility counts for asset and financial management.

When asked about the biggest changes he experienced while working at KEYS, Smith said that, “when I came to work at KEYS my wife and I were living on our boat. After I got a good job we became ‘landlubbers’.” In discussing the secret to his longevity he attributed it to taking it, “one day at a time.” In reminiscing about his time at KEYS, Smith said he will miss his co-workers the most.

In retirement, Smith plans to spend a lot more time doing what he loves, playing music and fishing. After a 23-year career at KEYS, he has earned the right to play his own tune.


UTILITY BOARD RE-APPOINTS BATTY CHAIR, CLARK VICE CHAIR

12/15/2016 ~ In an organizational meeting during their regularly scheduled session on Wednesday, December 14th, the Utility Board re-appointed Peter Batty to serve as its Chair and Mona C. Clark to serve as Vice Chair. Batty has served on the Utility Board since 2005, and Clark since 2004. The Board also approved committee appointments for 2017-2018. Committee appointments included:

Internal Committees:

Advisory Committee - Rotating, All Members

Employee Relations - Mona C. Clark

Financial Planning & Audit - Peter Batty & Steve Wells

Investment Planning Committee - Charles Bradford

Land Use - Peter Batty

Building Construction Committee - Tim Root

GM Performance Evaluation Process - Mona C. Clark as Chair & Peter Batty

Local Government Liaison Peter Batty

Sustainability Committee - Tim Root


External Committees:

APPA* Voting Delegate - Lynne Tejeda

FMEA** Board of Directors - Lynne Tejeda & Peter Batty as alternate

FMEA Legislative & Regulatory Committee - Lynne Tejeda & Mona C. Clark as alternate

FMPA*** Board of Directors - Lynne Tejeda & Peter Batty as alternate

FMPA Executive Committee - Lynne Tejeda & Jack Wetzler as alternate

FMPA Policy Makers Liaison Committee - Charles Bradford & Tim Root as alternate

* American Public Power Association
** Florida Municipal Electric Association
*** Florida Municipal Power Agency

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14th, in the Board Room of Keys Energy Services’ Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.


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