The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is celebrating their 75th anniversary. The NRECA is the organization that represents the interests of over 900 electric cooperatives in the United States, to various legislatures. Lamar Electric is one of those 900. In celebration of their 75th year, NRECA will plant a commemorative tree at its Arlington, VA headquarters and Lincoln, NE office that is nourished by soil collected from each of those 900 cooperatives. Lamar Electric has sent a small sample of soil from our cooperative to Arlington, VA. Our Coop Roots Run Deep!
The Lamar Electric substation at Reno has been attacked by snakes. The Lamar Electric substation technician found a snake on the gravel inside the fence on Wednesday. Last night another snake caused an outage for the second time in two weeks. About 3,000 members were without power momentarily while Lamar Electric crews removed the snake and restored power. When Lamar Electric crews were in the substation last night, a fourth snake was found crawling on the gravel.
Lamar Electric is responding by ordering a snake fence for installation around the steel buss work. A snake fence is an electric fence about one inch off the ground above a piece of steel pipe that serves as a good ground. A snake fence has already been installed at a Lamar Electric substation in Red River County that has proved to be effective. While waiting for the snake fence to be installed Lamar Electric has applied snake repellent and moth balls. A “snake trap” will also be placed at the Reno substation. The “snake trap” is an extra-large glue trap, similar to the glue trap that people usually have for bugs or critters around the house.
Birds like to build nest in steel structures like electric substations. The Lamar Electric substation technician is continually removing bird nests to prevent snake issues such as these. The smell of bird eggs will linger for many days after the eggs are gone. The snakes are after the eggs and will slither up the smooth steel and result in shorting out the insulators. Lamar Electric is currently using an ultrasonic sound bird repellent device with multiple speakers located around the substation that sounds like a wounded bird or birds fighting to deter birds from building nests in the substation. The “sonic” bird repellent system was installed at the Reno substation about 5 years ago and coupled with constant removal of birds nest has resulted in no snake issues until recently. It can only be assumed that the birds in the area have gotten accustomed to the recordings.
Lamar Electric is making many efforts to keep snakes out of the substation and will continue in their efforts to prevent snake related outages.
A snake on substation buss of Reno Sub caused an outage for over 2000 accounts around 2 AM on May 19th. Birds like to build nest in steel structures like electric substations. We are continually removing bird nest and had done so yesterday morning. The smell of bird eggs will linger for many days after the eggs are gone. The snakes are after the eggs and will somehow climb smooth steel going straight up. We are using an ultrasonic and sound bird repellent device with multiple speakers but birds are a constant battle. Sometimes the snake wins.
Lamar Electric Cooperative has reached a milestone of eight years without a lost time injury. Texas Electric Cooperatives Loss Control Specialist, Scott Corley, presented an a framed certificate to Lamar Electric for working 8 years without a lost time accident. That is 2,920 days. “A lineman’s job is one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States. An entire organization like this one having a no lost time incident for eight years is an exceptional safety record,” stated Corley. The award was accepted by Line Superintendent, Scott Sansom, and General Manager, Jerry Williams. This record of no lost time is due to the commitment to safety from our board of directors, CEO/general manager, managers, superintendents and employees. “We have weekly safety meetings and we review our safety manual continuously. We even go above and beyond the guidelines in our safety manual to ensure all employees get home safely to their families,” said Sansom.
Lamar Electric employee, Will Armstrong, received an award for operating without a lost- time work injury for 30 years. Armstrong has been a Lamar Electric employee since 1979.
We are truly a cooperative family, looking out for each other at work and off the job to ensure that all employees arrive back home to their families each and every day. We strive to provide their members with safe, affordable and reliable electrical service. “Safety is more than a choice we make as employees; it is a way of life,” said General Manager, Jerry Williams.
Announcing the six $1,000.00 scholarship winners that were drawn at the our Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 22nd.
Scholarship winners were Gus Collins of Cooper High School, son of JB Collins of Lake Creek; Marloes Tillema of Chisum High School, daughter of Jochum and Magretha Tillema of Paris; Kayedon Oliver of North Lamar High School, daughter of Monica Oliver of Brookston; Abigail Gooding of Prairiland High School, daughter of Buckley and Tina Gooding of Pattonville; Codi Clark of Paris High School, daughter of Jerry and Emily Clark of Honey Grove; and Lindi Hamner of Paris High School, daughter of Nikki Ragsdale and Steven Hamner of Reno.
The six winners can use their scholarship at any accredited university, college, or junior college of their choice.
The money used for these scholarships is from unclaimed deposits or refunds from our members. The law allows Lamar Electric to use a portion of these funds for scholarships, otherwise the money is turned over to the state. Each member can still file a claim with the state of Texas for unclaimed checks.
We are proud that Lamar Electric can help these students achieve their educational goals and we encourage every co-op member to take this opportunity to submit the name of your son or daughter next year.