FPB eyes future savings

KyMEA projects more than $7 million in savings next year

Big savings are on the horizon for the Frankfort Plant Board. At FPB’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, Doug Buresh, CEO of the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency (KyMEA), discussed KyMEA’s projected electric rates and subsequent savings FPB could realize next year. Buresh reported that KyMEA estimates that FPB stands to save $6.3 million next year through its contract with KyMEA compared to its current contract with Kentucky Utilities (KU).

Buresh noted that FPB could also save another $800,000 annually by integrating FPB’s SEPA entitlement with KyMEA for 10 years. This would allow KyMEA to sell energy and capacity from Southeastern Power Administration’s hydropower projects on FPB’s behalf.

Buresh also presented information to the board concerning the Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). As part of the National Energy Act passed in 1978, PURPA was passed in response to the energy crisis of the time. It was enacted to promote energy efficiency in order to reduce demand.

As a member of KyMEA, FPB has the option to approve a Joint PURPA Implementation Plan that would pass FPB’s PURPA purchase obligations to KyMEA. The board voted to delay this vote until next month’s meeting.

The board also voted to delay a final decision on FPB’s SEPA entitlement transfer to KyMEA until next month.

In January, the Frankfort Plant Board held a public hearing to discuss cable rate increases due to exponential increases from broadcasters for retransmission charges. FPB staff negotiated retransmission rates for all of the Lexington stations, (WTVQ, WKYT, WLEX and WDKY), the Louisville CBS affiliate (WLKY), the Louisville ABC affiliate (WHAS) and bringing back Louisville’s WDRB for its top-rated local news coverage.

After receiving one public comment after last month’s public hearing, the board gave final approval on the proposed rate change. Considering the increased rates would not go into effect until March, this change will raise the existing retransmission fees from $12.03 per month to $16.39 per month. The board tabled a vote to approve an increase in multi-service discounts until next month.

The board voted to amend an FPB frozen pension plan that will allow FPB to purchase individual annuities or arrange for lump sum distribution to the five participants in the plan.

In other business, the board approved a new accounting policy for obsolete inventory, approved costs for the repair of a vertical turbine raw water pump and awarded a contract to Herrick Company, Inc. for a high service pump station valve replacement project at the water treatment plant, and awarded a contract to Brownstown Electric Supply Company for a pad mounted transformer.

The FPB Board of Directors’ next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the FPB administration building at 151 Flynn Ave in Frankfort.

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Boil Water Advisory lifted for Walter Todd area

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board is notifying you that the Division of Water of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has now canceled the Boil Water Advisory.

This Advisory was issued 2/20/18 due to the loss of pressure in the water main causedby Plant Board crews tying in the new water main.

The streets affected were:

• 901 to 909 Leestown Ln.

• Rosewood Ln.

• Redbud Ln.

• Cherry Dr.

• Greenbriar Ln.

• 106 to 590 Walter Todd Dr.

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372.

Water Service Interruption and Boil Water Advisory - Walter Todd Area

The water will be turned off at 10:30 am, in the following areas in order to tie in the new water main. 

• 901 to 909 Leestown Ln

• Rosewood Ln

• Redbud Ln

• Cherry Dr

• Greenbriar Ln

• 106 to 590 Walter Todd Dr

A boil water advisory has been issued for the outage. The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board advises to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking.

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews tying in the new water main.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.

Boil Water Advisories lifted for McCracken Pike and Duncan Road

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board is notifying you that the Division of Water of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has now cancelled the Boil Water Advisory.

This Advisory was issued due to the loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

The streets affected were:

 - 1440 to 2060 Duncan Rd

 - 3675 to 4060 McCracken Pk

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372. 

Water interruption and Boil Water Advisory in effect for Duncan Rd.

Water service has been interrupted on Duncan Rd. In order to make repairs on a water main break. The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board advises to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking. The advisory is in effect for the following area:

• 1440 to 2060 Duncan Rd

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.

Water interruption and Boil Water Advisory for McCracken Pike

Water service has been interrupted on McCracken Pike in order to repair a water main break. Once restored, the Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board advises to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking. The advisory is in effect for the following area:

• 3675 to 4060 McCracken Pk

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main causedby Plant Board crews repairing a damaged water main.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.

PSC issues statement, cold weather causing higher electric bills

The Public Service Commission today released a statement indicating cold weather has led to sharply higher electric bills for customers across the state. 

The National Weather Service (NWS) measure that tracks the need for home heating was, in December, about 75 percent higher than in November. January heating demand was up another 14 percent over December, or roughly double that in November.

The PSC also offered information for consumers on coping with home heating costs. This includes:

Budget billing: This option allows customers to pay the same amount each month, based on their average monthly usage during the year. Customers should contact their utility for more information.

Energy conservation measures: Simple steps such as turning down thermostats on furnaces (most people are comfortable at 68 degrees) and water heaters (120 degrees is hot enough for nearly all uses) can be big energy savers.

Weatherization: Consumers can do a number of things to reduce inflows of cold air and leakage of warm air, particularly around windows and doors. Some basic weatherization steps include:
• Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal cracks around windows, doors, pipes and other points where cold air can enter the home. This alone can reduce heating costs by 10 percent or more.
• Install energy-efficient doors and windows.
• Add insulation in attics, crawl spaces and walls.
• Cover windows, especially those with single-pane glass, with storm windows or plastic sheeting before the onset of cold weather.
• Clean or replace furnace filters monthly to improve airflow and efficiency.

Advice on conserving energy, including links to a wide range of information, also is available from the Kentucky Division of Efficiency and Conservation on the Web at: http://energy.ky.gov/efficiency/.

General information on energy programs to assist low-income Kentuckians can be found on the Community Action Kentucky website at: http://www.communityactionky.org/energy-assistance.html.

Weatherization assistance for low-income families is available in Kentucky. Many utilities offer weatherization assistance in conjunction with local social service agencies. Local social service agencies also offer assistance through a state program administered by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. For information on weatherization assistance, go to: http://www.communityactionky.org/weatherization.html

Low-income consumers may qualify for assistance with their heating bills through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). It is administered at the local level by community action agencies. Consumers who do not qualify for LIHEAP may be eligible for assistance through programs sponsored by their utility company or programs operated by local social service organizations. Consumers should contact their utility for more information. Information about LIHEAP is available on the Web at: http://chfs.ky.gov/dcbs/dfs/LIHEAP.htm

Read the full PSC statement here.

Boil Water Advisory for Peaks Mill Lane has been lifted

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board is notifying you that the Division of Water of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has now lifted the Boil Water Advisory.

This Advisory was issued 1/21/18 due to the loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

The streets affected were:

• Peaks Mill Rd from Steadmantown Ln to 3795 Peaks Mill Rd

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372.

Water Interruption and Boil Water Advisory for Peaks Mill Lane 1/21/18

Water service has been interrupted on Peaks Mill Lane due to a water main break. A crew is on site to make repairs. The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board advises to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking. The advisory is in effect for the following area:

• Peaks Mill Rd from Steadmantown Ln to 3795 Peaks Mill Rd

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main causedby Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.

Frankfort launches internet access program for FIS students

City of Frankfort leaders, joined by officials from Frankfort Independent Schools, the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation and the Frankfort Plant Board, today officially kicked off a partnership program to provide internet access for FIS students outside of school. The event was held at the Kings Center in South Frankfort.

“We’re fortunate in our community to have many dedicated organizations who work together for the advancement of our youth. This is no exception,” said Frankfort Mayor Bill May. “The city is pleased to be a part of this project, and we look forward to seeing great progress from students.”

More than a year in the making, the program aims to close the digital divide by providing at-home internet access to students who did not have that capability in order to better prepare them for school and the workplace.

”Technology is a driving force in education in the 21st century,”said FIS Superintendent Dr. Houston Barber. “When students donot have internet access at home, it puts them at a disadvantage. Our goal is to try to level the playing field to give all of our students the opportunities they need to succeed in life and work.”

Funding for the project is being provided by a$200,000 grant from the city that will be administered through the Kentucky Capital Development Corporation. The grant will fund $80,000 in technology upgrades in the school district and $60,000 to market the city and school district. The modem installation portion of the project will also receive $60,000.

“Education, workforce and economic development go hand in hand,” said KCDC President Terri Bradshaw. “The partners in this project understand the value of education to the prosperity of the community.We view this as an investment in our future workforce.”

The Frankfort Plant Board completed installing hot spots for wireless internet access at the Kings Center, F.D. Wilkinson Gym, and the Walter Todd Community Center last month and has now begun in-home modem installations.

”As this community’s municipal utility, it is important that we partner with local city, business and education leaders to improve opportunities for success when we can,” said FPB Interim General Manager David Denton, CPA. “We see first-hand how technology is changing the way we do business in this world, and it plays a vital role in educating our students. We’re proud we could be a part of this.”

Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Marlowe Ct. Area - 1/12/18

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board is notifying you that the Division of Water of the Kentucky Department for Envirnmental Protection has now cancelled the Boil Water Advisory.

This Advisory was issued 1/11/18 due to the loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

The streets affected were:

• Marlowe Ct from Hickory Dr to Winding Way Dr

• 123 Winding Way Dr

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372.

Water Interruption and Boil Water Advisory - Marlowe Ct. 1/11/18

Water service has been interrupted in the Marlowe Ct./Winding Way area in order to repair a water main break. Service will be restored as soon as repairs are completed.

Once water services is restored, the Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board advises to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking. The advisory is in effect for the following area:

·       Marlowe Ct from Hickory Dr to Winding Way Dr

·       123 Winding Way Dr

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.

Boil Water Advisories lifted

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board is notifying you that the Division of Water of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection has now canceled the Boil Water Advisory.

This Advisory was issued 1/5/18 due to the loss of pressure in the water main causedby Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

The streets affected were:

• 213,215,217 Tanglewood Dr

• 846,838 Shelby St

• Rockland Ct

 • 363 Versailles Rd #100-700

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372.

Boil Water Advisory for Wilkinson Blvd. is lifted

The Division of Water of the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection has now cancelled the Boil Water Advisory on Wilkinson Blvd.

This Advisory was issued 1/4/18 due to the loss of pressure in the water main caused by Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

The streets affected were:

• 701 to 715 Wilkinson Blvd

If you should have any questions or problems with normal service or water quality please call 352-4372.

Water Interruption and Boil Water Advisory for Portion of Versailles Road

The Water Department of the Frankfort Plant Board has interrupted water service on Versailles Road due to a needed repairs. We advise to boil the water before drinking or using it for cooking. The advisory is in effect for the following area:

• 363 Versailles Rd #100-700

A vigorous boil for at least two minutes is recommended. This Boil Water Advisory is a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure in the water main causedby Plant Board crews repairing a water main break.

This Advisory will remain in effect until lab analysis of water samples taken confirms that the potable water supply in the effected area is safe to drink. You will receive a notice when this advisory is lifted.

If you have any questions concerning the Boil Water Advisory please call 352-4372.