FPB named a 2017 Destiny Award winner by KEMI

Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance award recognizes safe workplaces.

FRANKFORT – The Frankfort Plant Board earned the 2017 Destiny Award from Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI). KEMI presents this award to policyholders who demonstrate commitment and success in maintaining a safe workplace. FPB Safety Director Kim Phillips made the announcement at the Board of Directors’ November meeting Tuesday night. FPB has won this award six out of the past seven years.

KEMI selected only 14 organizations out of its more than 23,000 workers’ compensation policyholders. According to KEMI, FPB was chosen because of its demonstrated ability to effectively manage a formal safety program, provide on-site training and regular safety meetings for employees. FPB also displays an ongoing commitment to safety from all levels of the organization.

Also at its November meeting, the FPB Board approved a resolution stating that the board has no intention of withdrawing from its contract with the Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency (KyMEA), of which FPB is a founding member. The resolution also states that if for some reason the board finds it necessary to withdraw, it will do so according to the mechanisms within the contract.

Board member Dawn Hale proposed removing language referring to “advising on available exit paths” from a $50,000 contract the board extended to Reed Smith, a law firm the board hired for legal counsel to review the KyMEA contracts. The motion did not pass.

The board also voted on a proposal to require KyMEA to provide a specific date by which it could provide formula information to set rates. That motion also failed.

In addition, the board selected Interim General Manager David Denton as FPB’s primary representative to the KyMEA board. Assistant General Manager Hance Price will continue to serve as the alternate.

As FPB’s former general manager, Herbbie Bannister, retired at the end of October, Board Chair Anna Marie Rosen proposed a committee of members Walt Baldwin and Dawn Hale to begin the process of selecting a new general manager. The committee will define the job description, review search firms and consider employment-listing websites.

In an effort to reduce the cost of customer billing, the board approved a one-time promotional credit of $5 to customers converting from paper to paperless electronic billing. Last year, FPB produced and mailed an average of 31,079 paper bills per month. FPB spent approximately $246,000 on paper, envelopes and postage related to paper billing in fiscal year 2016-2017, which equates to approximately $0.66 per paper bill produced and mailed. 

In other business, the board approved stop loss coverage, plan changes and employee contributions for the 2018 FPB employee health plan. The board also awarded a bid to purchase two outdoor circuit breakers and approved a future budget allocation for board trainings.

The FPB Board of Directors’ next monthly meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the FPB administration building at 151 Flynn Ave in Frankfort.


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