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City Commission /
Municipal Authority Meet
(7pm) August 11, 2003

at City Annex
Mayor and All Commissioners Present Except Stan Sallee.
Brad Overholt Sworn In As Ward IV Commissioner
Electric Rate Competition

Acting as both City Commissioners and Municipal Authority Trustees, Pam Porter, Gail Rogers and Brad Overholt were joined by Mayor Sirmon's trustee vote and authorized the City Staff to proceed toward contracting with GRDA as the new supplier of the city's electricty.

The Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) had previously supplied the city's power before a switch to Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) in 1992. That September 29, 1992 decision was reached when Mayor Mike Sheehan cast a tie-breaking vote. PSO, now also referred to as American Electric Power (AEP), has supplied the city's electricity during an initial 10-year contract and a
1-year extension.

Brad Overholt (left) repeats the oath of office (administered by City Attorney Ken Underwood) as Collinsville City Commissioner for Ward IV.
Woody Lally (left) from AEP/PSO and Phil Stokes (right) from GRDA answer questions for trustees / commissioners in this composite photo.
Helping the city judge the differences between proposals submitted by both wholesale electrical providers, was Shane Woolbright (above), Executive Director of Municipal Electrical Systems of Oklahoma.

For several years the PSO rates saved the city and it's electrical users money. During the last few years the favor has shifted. One factor favoring GRDA now, is their rates being more static (coal based). PSO rates are more volitile now as their rates are dependent on natural gas prices in addition to coal.

AEP/PSO had improved their proposal rates this week, but apparently not enough to sway the commissioners.

Prior to the Special City Session, above, The regular monthly meeting of the City Board of Adjustment was held. The board chaired by City Planner Erik Enyart, consisted of Gerald Brannen, Connie Goad, Kyle Smalygo, and Shannon Stubblefield. They discussed and deferred decision on two different daycare businesses in residences, pended feedback from the city attorney. They granted an exception for a mobile home / non-conforming (50ft setback from 156th St.) buildings at 156th St. North and Old Highway 169.