Another benefit of public power …
Coffeyville unveils new playground equipment, made possible by grant from GRDA
As we head towards Public Power Week 2021 (October 3 - 9) the partnership between Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power and the city’s wholesale electricity supplier, the Grand River Dam Authority, is making a powerful, positive impact on the community.
GRDA and Coffeyville are among the 2,000-plus publicly owned utilities that provide electricity, on a not-for-profit basis, to 49 million Americans collectively. Each year, the American Public Power Association (APPA) sets aside the first full week of October to recognize the benefits public power brings to its customers. In all these utility systems, both large and small, the process works the same: communities own and operate their own electric distribution system and revenues from the sale of electricity help to fund other city services. Parks, streets, police, and fire protection can all benefit financially from the locally owned electric utility.
In Coffeyville, some of those benefits can be found at Pfister Park, where new playground equipment -- made possible by a grant from GRDA to its public power partner Coffeyville -- was dedicated Tuesday evening (Sept 28).
GRDA made the grant to Coffeyville earlier this year for the new equipment, which includes multiple ground level and elevated play features for children ages 6 to 12. Located on the city’s north side, Pfister Park is a 3.16-acre park that was in need of new equipment.
“The majority of playground equipment in our parks is well over 20 years old and even up to over 50-plus years old in some of our older, neighborhood parks,” said Coffeyville Director of Utility Services Mike Shook, when GRDA presented the grant. “This grant from GRDA will help us work towards better, more safe, family friendly parks for our community.”
However, the existing equipment will also get new life elsewhere. It will be removed, then refurbished and installed at other parks. Those locations will be determined by Coffeyville’s Parks Advisory Board.
“Our partnership with Coffeyville goes far beyond just electricity,” said GRDA Manager Marketing Programs/Community Relations Laura Townsend, “and there is no better time than Public Power Week to unveil this new benefit for Coffeyville residents. Our partnership has helped to make this support, and quality of life enhancement, possible.”
GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees, and efficiency.
GRDA has been Coffeyville’s wholesale electricity supplier and public power partner since 1999.
(Pictured Left to Right)
Front Row: Candi Westbrook, Coffeyville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Vice Mayor Justin Doane; Laura Townsend, GRDA Manager Marketing Programs/Community Relations; Mayor Ann Marie Vannoster; Commissioner Robert York; Commissioner Paul Bauer . Back Row: Thomas Osborn, Director of Engineering Services, Frankie Hull, Parks Advisory Board, Marcie Roberts, Parks Advisory Board, Robert Kriebel, Parks Advisory Board, Bobbie Joe Paasch, Superintendent of Public Services, Lisa Brookover, Parks Advisory Board, Ron Bryce, Mike Shook, Director of Electric Services, Darrel Harbaugh, Jim Bradshaw, Director of Public Works, Allison Pryor, Director of Human Resources. A special thank-you to Mark Hall, City Manager; Melissa Carter, City Clerk, Stephanie Richardson, Director of Finance; and Amy Taylor (attending - not pictured).