Lebanon Reporter

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April 18, 2014

City, county companies recognize linemen

Lebanon Utilities and Boone REMC will celebrate their linemen this Friday in observance of National Linemen Appreciation Day.

Brian Newton, president and CEO of Boone REMC, said this day recognizes the challenging work linemen do to keep the power on and the public safe.“Electric linemen do not often receive the recognition they deserve,” he said. “Our linemen work all hours of the day, often in hazardous conditions away from their families, going above and beyond to restore power to our members. Especially after the harsh winter we are coming out of, our guys truly deserve this special day of recognition. I thank them all for their service to this cooperative and their commitment to our communities.”Boone REMC is inviting its members to go to their Facebook page to thank their linemen. The page is at www.

Facebook.com/BooneREMC.

Lebanon Utilities General Manager Jay McCoskey shared about the appreciation day at the Lebanon Board of Works meeting Monday night. He said he will also be recognizing all of his operations employees Friday, not only in electric service but also in the water and wastewater departments.“They all do an outstanding job 24/7/365 to maintain the city’s critical infrastructure,” McCoskey said.

The Lebanon Utility Board also sent an ordinance recognizing National Linemen Appreciation Day to the Lebanon City Council, which the council approved at Monday’s meeting. The ordinance states that linemen are often first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, working to make the scene safe for other public safety heroes. It also states that linemen often work under dangerous conditions and put their lives on the line every day, with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work.

Also at the Board of Works meeting Monday: McCoskey said a power outage last Saturday affected 501 customers on the west side of the city from around 9 to 11:45 a.m. It was determined that a control on a breaker had failed. McCoskey apologized to those affected by the outage because the time for service restoration is significantly extended when the cause of an outage is not apparent, as in this case. Also, because of the weekend, he said communication to the customers was not as quick as normal.

McCoskey also reminded city residents that April is Safe Digging Month. The nice weather recently has led people to think about working in their yards, planting trees or completing remodeling projects, but McCoskey reminded everyone to call 811 two business days before digging. (See related photos page 10)

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