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DS&O Unveils Plans For New Headquarters

KSAL Staff - September 16, 2013 7:48 pm

Officials from DS&O Rural Electric Cooperative Monday celebrated a major project hat has been years in the making. The company, which provides power for 8,300 customers in 3,000 square miles, is planning to build a new headquarters facility.

General Manager Donald Hellwig Monday afternoon briefed a group of Solomon and company officials, company employees, and the media on details of the project.

A new 42,000 square foot facility, sitting on nearly ten acres, will replace the current aging facility.

Hellwig said that a new facility has been talked about for over seven years. Serious discussions began about a year ago.

The biggest advantage of the new facility is that it will allow the company, possibly for the first time in its history, to locate everything behind one fence.

DS&Os equipment is now housed in six different buildings. Trucks are in three buildings, and some can’t even fit inside. There is also no room for inside truck service.

Officials believe that the new facility will add up to 45 minutes of productive time for crews every day because everything will be in one place, including fuel on site.

The new facility will cost about $8 million. It will be located just north of Solomon, near the Solomon High School football field. Construction is in its early stages. If things go as planned, the facilty could be completed by June of 2014.



September 16, 2013 at 10:11 pm

And expect your rates to go up 65%

Red Neck

September 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

8300 customer base and they are building an $8 million facility? What’s wrong with this picture? I alway’s throught that the DS&O was customer run and you are going to tell me that a majority of the 8300 customers are in favor of this? Just maybe those customers not in favor of this should bring a lawsuit against DS&O and Don Hellwig.

Gold Drifter

September 17, 2013 at 10:33 am

Why would a Board of Directors of DS&O have a manager who is soon to be retired be in charge of building a new facility, for the next manager to come. After all Mr Hellwig has a proven record of not knowing what he’s doing, but he is very good at one thing….twisting things about…just like a blow hard politician.

I wonder how big a rate increase this brings about after he retires. He will be moving to where he can get affordable electricity.

Gold Drifter

September 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Why would a board allow Don Hellwig, who said he is retiring after this project is completed, build this facility? His mismanagement is what has produced the highly inflated electrical rates the members currently pay! 8 million dollar facility? Clearly, the “serious discussions” didn’t involve the membership that pays for it.

Fuchs Mi

September 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

Exactly this guy Hellwig is a total idiot and I have dealth with him on several occassions. Why did not every member get to vote on this? Spending 8 million is very uncalled for and not only should Hellwig be leaving but the board of directors as well. They have a problem with other things that they never have let the membership know of and this definarely is not run by the membership. I believe we all need to unite and clean house.

Red Neck

September 18, 2013 at 8:22 am

I see ksal is protecting some entity once again by deleteing a comment about the negatives of DS&O and their inept general manager. That comment did have one important message that was why did the 8000 members not vote on the construction of these buildings. DS&O prides itself saying it is run by the membership but yet none of us got to say if it should be built or not. Many of us for years have complained how it has been run by the general manager and we realize with all our complaints we did not have any say. The board of directors have not been a friend of the members but instead have let the administrators run wild.

Fuchs Mi

September 18, 2013 at 9:15 am

Once again DS&O should have let the members vote on this. Not happy with them building a 8 million dollar complex like many of their members are stating. Knowing a few people that uses that service many are very unhappy with the general manager Hellwig and his hold on doing whatever he pleases.

Gold Drifter

September 18, 2013 at 6:55 pm

DS&O is the only organization that I know of where the General Manager tells the Board of Directors what to do and NOT the Board of Directors telling him what he can do.

Red Neck

September 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Yea and he is jumping ship before 8000 people trap him inside his office when the rates go up to pay for this unneeded project. I always knew he was a coward.

Fuchs Mi

September 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

Why were none of the members privy to those discussions a year ago? Just like when they put in those computerized meters that do not work right and cost the members thousands or even millions in dollars as they do not make accurate readings but the company and board along with the general manager do not wish to speak out on that issue. Time for the members of DS&O to demand that an investigation be made and those involved in wrong doing be fired or replaced.

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