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10/14/2004 ~ In an Organizational Meeting of the Utility Board, Leonard Knowles was elected as the new Vice Chairman of the Board in the wake of the passing of Dr. Otha P. Cox.

Mr. Knowles has served on the Board since 1991. He was employed by the Monroe County Property Appraiser from 1987 to 1998, when he retired as Assistant to the Monroe County Property Appraiser. Mr. Knowles was also employed by Keys Energy Services (KEYS)/ City Electric System from 1959 to 1987, when he retired as Superintendent of the Meter and Commercial department.

In other business, the Board also approved Resolution #724, which recognizes employees from the Transmission and Distribution department for their dedication and hard work during Hurricane Season 2004. Employees from the Transmission and Distribution department traveled to other municipal utilities in Florida to assist with the hurricane restoration effort following Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne.

The employees who volunteered for restoration duty were: Pedro Arencibia, Raymond Baker, Walter Cashwell, Vince Casa, George Castellon, Michael Commander, Albert Fernandez, Danny Garcia, Thomas Grassi, Neil Mellies, James Newton, Marc Palka, Jerry Pitz, Alvaro Rodriguez, and Bryan Veliz.

Additionally, the Board awarded the construction/installation work bid for the Key West Diesel Substation to Anchor Structural & Associates, in the amount of $88,488.00, their bid being the best bid complying with specifications.

The United States Navy requested that KEYS provide an additional 12 mega Watts (MW) for growth in the Outer Mole area. The purpose of this project is to increase the existing electrical capacity of the Key West Diesel Substation in order to serve the needs of the Navy. Previous expenses for this multi-year project have included the purchase of the new 42 MW transformer.

In other business, the Board:

- Declared the Engineering Xerox model 2520S Blueprint copier as “Surplus”.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., October 13th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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