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WAPA Workers Thanked for Extra Effort During Outage

Feb. 28, 2008 — The V.I. Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Governing Board and Executive Director Hugo V. Hodge, Jr. opened February's board meeting by introducing and thanking Randolph Harley Power Plant employees who worked over the weekend during the "tough time" when several units were out of service, causing power outages.
Hodge reported to the board that he asked the Systems Planning Department to review circuits so that there will be a rotation in the feeders that "take the hit" when an outage occurs. Referring to the recent Florida power outages, Hodge pointed out that the Virgin Islands is not the only place where outages occur.
He said a number of workers had called in during the outages to encourage their fellow employees who were working on power restoration, showing an increase in employee morale that pleased him.
Hodge said the outage could have been worse, if it were not for the hard work and diligence of the dedicated WAPA employees who stayed at the plant until the problem was solved.
Singled out for praise by Hodge and the board were: Daniel E. Tuitt, building and grounds supervisor; Everson Rawlins, electrical shop supervisor; Roy E. Thomas, instrument supervisor; Claudius Clarke, machine shop supervisor; Esworth Elliott, mechanic shop supervisor; Lionel A. Eddy, Jr., mechanical projects manager; Dawn J. Petersen, acting preventative maintenance supervisor; Bingley G. Richardson, Jr., pump shop supervisor; Clarence H. Harris, welding and pipe shop supervisor; Junior R. Henry, acting plant maintenance manager and Coury Hodge, plant superintendent.
Board Chairman Alphonso Franklin also thanked the employees, saying the public does not realize what hard work the men and women in the trenches at WAPA do to keep the power on.
During meeting the Governing Board approved these contracts and expenditures totaling a little more than $3.1 million:
— Refurbishing the boat deck at Estate Richmond Power Plant and construction of a launch pad for emergency oil response by GEC, LLC at a cost of $227,500 plus a 15 percent contingency;
— Construction of a substation to replace the obsolete "High Yard" at the Randolph Harley Power Plant by Blue Stone Services, at a cost of $1,495,000 plus a five percent contingency fee;
— Air emissions compliance testing on Units 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 22 at the Richmond Power Plant and the Randolph Harley Power Plant by MATEC Federal Programs, at cost of $550,000;
— $67,217 more funding for the St. Thomas Administration Building backup generator project by WMK bringing the total cost of the project to $284,878 with a five percent contingency;
— Endorsed the 2008 Alva C. McFarlane Scholarship Program;
— Approved the payment of $590,000 in Public Service Commission (PSC) assessments;
— Contracted with Hill's Reporting Service to record board meeting transcripts.
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