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Electric Dept. Honored
July 15, 2005
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Operations and Reliability Award
Electric Department Receives
Electric Operations and Reliability Award
July 15, 2005 -- Press
Release -- Shane Woolbright, Executive Director
Municipal Electric Systems
of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that the Collinsville Electric Department was
named as the 1st Place Winner in the association's annual Electric Operations
and Reliability Competition. Fairview was recognized in the category for cities
under 10,000 population for calendar year 2004 and won for having the best
employee safety record of those cities as well as achieving an outstanding
level of service reliability.
Collinsville was recognized
for outstanding distribution construction standards, excellent customer service,
and very low margin of customer service disturbances. Collinsville employees
meet the requirements of their work with professionalism and safety due to
employer efforts. These efforts include four years of rigorous field experience
and testing for each line worker before he achieves journey lineworker status.
In addition, employees do safety reviews before each job and attend monthly
training and safety sessions in addition to other training provided by the
Although electric line
work is among the most hazardous of industries for workers, Collinsville line
crew members worked the entirety of 2004 without missing a single day due
to injury which marked the third consecutive year of injury free work by the
Collinsville scored well
in reliability. The City typically identified, responded to, and corrected
a power outage problem in less than one hour and 15 minutes. By having local
ownership of the electric system and crews located within one mile of customers,
customers don't wait for electric service crews in Collinsville.
MESO Executive Director
Shane Woolbright presented the award to the City of Collinsville. Said Woolbright,
"Collinsville Electric has demonstrated a continuous effort in the past
decade to be a high quality public power system. This is evidenced by such
actions as training of employees in system preventive maintenance and having
employee develop programs to prevent problems from overvoltage and overcurrent.
Collinsville has also recently installed computer programs to track all system
interruptions and issue reliability reports that staff can use in doing system
"The current construction
standards and employee training standards of the utility are superior, and
that effort has resulted in the outstanding reliability citizens receive and
the presentation of this award."
MESO is an electric utility
trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas.
The association's member utilities provide non-profit electric services to
some 700,000 people in the three states.
a brief ceremony Friday July 15, 2005, at the Collinville City Annex, Shane
Woolbright (far right) presented the Collinsville Electric Department with the
"Don Howland Electric Operations and Safety Award". They are from
L-R: Paul Staehle, Wade Whitlock, Don Smalyago, Bob Hendrix and Dusty Danderson.
Collinsville City Manager, Pam Polk (center) was in town Friday looking for
a Collinsville residence. She posed with City Commissioners Pam Porter (left)
and Melodie Bateman (right) who had attended the Electric Dept. presentation