Inspiring Update – Assisting Victoria Electric Cooperative

Dear Members,

This is an update (Wednesday, August 30th) on the Hurricane Harvey restoration efforts at Victoria Electric Cooperative (VEC) per Bryan Lightfoot, General Manager/CEO who is on site:

 “As of 6:00 am this morning, Victoria Electric Cooperative has restored power to approximately 9,000 of 22,000 meters. Our second BEC crew arrived yesterday afternoon and went straight to work with Kirby, Shawn, and myself. Yesterday was extremely productive for our crews. We were able to restore power to several communities and subdivisions. All of the VEC Members have been extremely patient and appreciative.

 Last night work concluded at 8:45 pm and at that time the 6 of us stopped at a community restaurant for dinner. After being seated we were informed by the waitress that the owner would be buying our meals. They appreciated our efforts and wanted to show their gratitude. Obviously, we thanked the waitress for their hospitality. But the gratitude didn’t end there. Before we left we had at least three tables of patrons walk over to our table and thank us for coming to help their community. One gentlemen placed a $100 bill on the table and said he wanted to pay for our meal. We informed him that it had been comped. Another lady came over to tell us that her and her husband wanted to buy our meal but since it was paid for, asked if she could give us money for our next meal. We explained we couldn’t accept her money. She began to cry and wanted us to know how much it meant for us to leave our families to assist the people of Victoria. Ironically, this lady’s power had not been restored yet.

 It was obvious to me that last night’s experience at this restaurant meant more to our men than any paycheck. I wish our media could show more moments like this. Communities coming together for a common purpose instead of protesting against one another over political differences.

 Kirby and I will be working with the other four until this evening. After work concludes, Kirby and I will be driving back to Bartlett leaving Shawn, Patrick, Ruben, and Brent to  continue the assistance.

 This experience has been very educational for me and inspirational for all of us. I appreciate all of you sharing our men with the Members of VEC this week. Someday, the Members of Bartlett EC may be in need and I am confident the men and women of VEC will be there to help us.”

Sincerely,

Your Bartlett Electric Cooperative

 

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Assisting Victoria Electric Cooperative

Dear Members,

Please know Sunday morning Bartlett dispatched a three man crew to assist Victoria Electric Cooperative (VEC) with Hurricane Harvey restoration efforts.

Per Bryan Lightfoot, CEO/General Manager who is one of the three on site:

“This area has sustained a lot of damage. VEC had 100% of their system de-energized this morning (Sunday). They have restored some areas as of this evening, but still have a lot of meters without power. 

 The City of Victoria has power restored. However, they currently do not have running water.  The two BEC foremen, Shawn and Kirby did great today. They are having to climb poles because the ground is so saturated that the use of bucket trucks is impossible in many areas. They are very good at what they do and are enduring some less than ideal conditions.

 I will update you when possible tomorrow (Monday).”

 Sincerely,

Your Bartlett Electric Cooperative

Hurricane Harvey Assistance

Dear Members,

Please know your Bartlett Electric Cooperative stands ready to assist in the restoration efforts stemming from Hurricane Harvey.

Of course our priority is to you, our member…and following one of the Seven Principles of Cooperatives, “Cooperation among Cooperatives”, we stand ready to assist our fellow cooperatives with any available resources as well. 

Please know in following this Principle, should Bartlett Electric ever experience a significant weather event, Bartlett Electric can call on fellow Cooperatives to assist as well.

This is one of the many benefits of being a cooperative member and we appreciate your participation.

 – Your Bartlett Electric Cooperative

Pole Inspection Update (5/12/17)

Dear Members,
Bartlett Electric Cooperative hired Havlak Inspection to inspect power poles on our system March 20, 2017. This inspection program included areas near Chaparral Road and continued South along Highway #195 near Mountain Creek Estates. The inspection program extended East several miles of Highway #195 and continued West near the community of Briggs.
Havlak Inspection completed these pole inspections on Thursday, May 11, 2017 and will no longer work in this area. Please be aware that Bartlett Electric Cooperative crews and S&H Powerline Construction, our Powerline Contractors will continue working in these areas correcting deficiencies found which may include pole change outs.
We appreciate our member’s cooperation with our employees and contractors. If you any have questions about this project, please call the Bartlett office at 254-527-3551.
Thank You,
Bartlett Electric Cooperative

Alliance Utility Pole Inspection Completed

Dear Members,

Alliance Utility Services in coordination with Texas Electric Cooperatives, Pole Manufacturer for Bartlett Electric Cooperative performed an inspection for poles manufactured in November and December of 2014 that were suspected of not being treated fully for resistance to decay.

Ten poles were found on our system with this date of manufacture and all were tested by boring and taking core samples. Each of the ten poles on our system passed the manufacturers specifications. This inspection program was completed by Alliance Utility Services on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

We appreciate our member’s cooperation with our employees and these contractors. If you have additional questions about this project, please call the Bartlett office at 254-527-3551.

 

Sincerely,
Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc.

 

Alliance Utility Services to Inspect Suspect Poles

Dear Members,

Texas Electric Cooperatives, pole manufacturer for Bartlett Electric Cooperative has found that some poles were not treated fully for resistance to decay. These suspect poles were manufactured in November and December of 2014. Texas Electric Cooperatives has hired a pole inspection company, Alliance Utility Services to inspect these poles. There are 135 suspect poles on our system in various areas. Alliance Utility Services will begin inspecting power poles on our system beginning tomorrow, March 22, 2017.

The pole Inspector, Lelon Townley, will be performing the inspections and will be driving a White Toyota Pickup as pictured below:

Alliance Utility Services will be inspecting the poles, lines and right of ways for deficiencies to help assure safe dependable service. Crews from Bartlett Electric Cooperative and our construction contractor, S&H Powerline Construction will make repairs and perform maintenance on these poles if they do not meet specifications. We appreciate our member’s cooperation with our employees and contractors.

Alliance Utility Services will have an introductory letter from Bartlett Electric Cooperative with them at all times which will be available to members upon request. If you need verification that this company is working in your area, or if you have questions about this project, please call the Bartlett office at 254-527-3551.

 

Thank You,

Eric VanPraag
Manager of Operations
Bartlett Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Power Pole Inspections to begin South of Killeen

Dear Members,

 

Bartlett Electric Cooperative has hired Havlak Inspection to begin inspecting power poles on our system beginning March 20, 2017. This inspection program will include areas near Chaparral Road and continue South along Highway #195 near Mountain Creek Estates. The inspection program will extend East several miles of Highway #195 and continue West near the community of Briggs.

Fred Havlak will be performing the inspections and will be driving a 2016 Silver Dodge Ram 2500 4 door pickup. The truck will have magnetic door signs attached as shown in the picture below. The contractor will utilize a 4 wheeler to travel from pole to pole when possible.

 

Havlak Inspection will be inspecting the poles, lines, and right of ways for deficiencies to help assure safe dependable service. Crews from Bartlett Electric Cooperative and our construction contractor, S&H Powerline Construction will make repairs and perform maintenance on the line when problems are found. We appreciate our member’s cooperation with our employees and contractors.

 Havlak Inspection will have an introductory letter from Bartlett Electric Cooperative with them at all times which will be available to members upon request. If you need verification that this company is working in your area, or if you have questions about this project, please call the Bartlett office at 254-527-3551.

Thank You,

Bartlett Electric Cooperative

Retired Patronage Capital

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“In our continued efforts to keep costs as low as possible, please know that your retired patronage capital will show up as a credit in the December billing, in place of receiving a paper check. This will help avoid the cost of postage, printing, and tracking of paper checks, plus give you the convenience and immediate credit for being a Member.”

 

Thank you for being a Member!

B-Green Rebates

We have received calls and rebate applications from folks who do not have electrical service within our service area. Although we appreciate anyone making the effort to go green, we would like to inform you that the rebates BEC offers is only for our members.

Thank you,

Bartlett Electric Cooperative Inc.

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