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02/23/2006 ~ The Utility Board appointed James R. Gilleran to fill the District One (Key West to Stock Island) seat vacancy on the Advisory Committee at its regular meeting on Wednesday, February 22nd.

In 1998, the Board approved the creation of a five-member Advisory Committee, which was designed to provide the Board and Keys Energy Services (KEYS) staff with community input on various issues related to KEYS including generation, distribution, finance, customer service, and new ventures.

The Committee promotes public access to information on KEYS facilities, services, policies, and programs concerning energy, and considers the future energy needs of the community. The Committee also assists KEYS staff by suggesting and reviewing programs and services.

Gilleran will join Sandra Walters (District 3), Chairperson; Henry B. Hamilton (District 2); and Don Way (District 5) on the Advisory Committee. The District Four (Cudjoe Key to the Torch Keys) seat is currently vacant.

In other business, the Board:

- Approved the implementation of a Convenience Fee for all credit card payments and authorized KEYS Staff to enter into agreements with the best third-party provider.

- Approved a Construction Agreement with the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) for Combustion Turbine Four. This project will allow KEYS and FMPA to secure an adequate, reliable, and economical power supply to meet the Utility Boardís 60 percent On-Island Generation Policy requirement.

- Approved change orders to contracts with Shaw Energy Services and Dillard Smith Construction, in the amounts of $247,000 and $210,000 respectively, to cover increased work associated with miscellaneous cleanup issues associated with Hurricane Wilma.

- Approved a change order to a contract with General Electric International, Inc., in the amount of $245,000, for the replacement of the Compressor Casing on Combustion Turbine One.

- Awarded the contract for lubricating oil for the High Speed Generating Unitís to Blaylock Oil Company for an estimated annual contract amount of $35,160.

- Awarded the bid for the purchase of Polemount and Padmount Transformers to Gresco Utility Supply, Inc.; Wesco Distribution, Inc.; Utilicor; and Pauwels Transformers with an estimated cost of $308,972.

- Awarded the bid for the purchase of 50 kVa Polemount Transformers to Wesco Distribution, Inc. with an estimated cost of $103,360.

The regular meeting of the Utility Board took place at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22nd, in the Louis Carbonell Board Room of the William Arnold Service Building, 1001 James Street, Key West.

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