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12/10/2004 ~ The Utility Board approved an agreement with the United Way of Monroe County (UWMC) for a voluntary KEYS Cares Program. The program will allow Keys Energy Services (KEYS) customers to add a monthly donation to their electric bills for the UWMC.

On August 11, 2004, the Board approved Resolution #722, which created the KEYS Cares Program and associated guidelines, which include that: the program must be voluntary; donations, in a specific monthly amount, will be voluntarily collected from ratepayers; and the UWMC will be responsible for dispensing all collected funds because they are a nonprofit, 501 (3) organization, with a voluntary Board of Directors that fund solely for human services and have a documented history of service in the Lower Keys, and a demonstrated ability to acquire matching grants.

The approved agreement defines the administration of the voluntary KEYS Cares Program and the base term of the agreement for three years. Renewal of the agreement is at the sole discretion of the Board.

Keys Cares will begin in early Spring 2005.

In other business, the Board:

- Approved resolution #727 providing for the execution and delivery of a loan agreement from the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) Pooled Loan Project to cover the costs of the overhead shield wire replacement project on the transmission line. Pooled Loan interest
rates afford KEYS lower interest rates than interest earnings on investments.

- Approved extending the service of temporary employees in the Information Technology (IT) and Finance departments through April 2005. This extension will result in no additional costs for the IT department, and an additional no-to-exceed amount of $8,800.00 for the Finance department.

- Approved change order #2 to Harris Computer Systems, in the amount of $29,180.00, to cover the increased costs for Harris to support the CIS upgrade portion of the contract.

- Awarded Thermographic imaging services, Bid #05-05, to Brady Infrared, in the amount of $52,510.00, their bid being the best bid complying with specifications.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 8th, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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