Get to know your cooperative departments
As we continue our series of getting to know your co-op employees and their duties, we turn our spotlight toward employees who tend to be a bit more visible to co-op members. These are the employees that really keep the lights on: the line crew.
EnerStar does all that it can to reduce the number of power outages our members may experience. And if the power does go out, our goal is to get it back on as quickly and safely as possible. Mother Nature sometimes has her own plans, but you can count on EnerStar crews to be there if needed - rain or shine, hot or cold, day or night.
At the cooperative, “running tickets” most days is Maintenance Crew Leader Archie Eslinger. His day varies greatly depending on the needs of the members. He connects or disconnects electric service, maintains security lighting, and handles job tickets that come from member requests. He also handles system repairs that go along with the day to day operations of the electric cooperative.
When it comes to power quality, Systems Crew Leader Dana Young takes the lead on making sure our electric system is performing well. You will often see him making improvements at our nine substations as well as making sure that breakers and regulators are working properly.
Construction Foreman Kent Milbourn coordinates all construction jobs that relate to the electric system. That request may come in from a new member building a new house or upgrading electric service, or the scheduled work may be on the cooperative’s behalf to replace old poles or change out a conductor, for example. He also supervises the forestry crew that plays a vital role in reducing power outages.
All three men are Paris natives and have many years of service at the cooperative. Eslinger and Young began their careers in 1990 while Milbourn joined the cooperative in 1998.
Having the latest technology is important to a well maintained electric system, but co-op employees are an important spoke in the wheel at your electric cooperative!