Snake on Sub

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.Snake on Substation

Lamar Electric Cooperative Recognized for Safety

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.

Scholarship Winners Announced

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.

Gus Collins Marloes Tillema Kayedon Oliver
Gus Collins Marloes Tillema Kayedon Oliver
Abigail Gooding Lindi Hamner Codi Clark
Abigail Gooding Lindi Hamner Codi Clark

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.

Annual Meeting Highlights

The Lamar Electric Cooperative Annual Membership Meeting was held Saturday, April 22, at Paris Junior High School in Paris. Lamar Electric had three directors up for election, and all were unopposed. In District 1, Mike Williams received 89 votes. In District 8, Matthew Albus received 126 votes. In District 9, Lyle Yoder received 116 votes. These directors were declared elected and will each serve another three-year term. General Manager Jerry Williams updated the members on the financial reports and ongoing projects.

The names of all members present at the meeting were placed in the hopper for prize drawings. Prizes were won by 39 members. The grand prizewinner of a 55-inch high definition television was James Wade of Reno.