Lincoln County Power District’s (LCPD) new headquarters building is complete, but General Manager Dave Luttrell says, “Staff is not yet in the building and we are not having a grand opening until April.”
The new 4,300 square foot administration building, connected via a breezeway with a 1,500 square foot operations building, is three times the size of the existing district offices in Caselton.
Located on the east side of U.S. 93, near the entrance to Cathedral Gorge State Park, the building was planned about 10 years ago, but LCPD didn’t have the money to build at the time.
Luttrell said in a recent issue of Ruralite Magazine, “It will be worth the wait. With new technology, it will be even more energy efficient than it would have been 10 years ago.”
In an interview with the Record, Luttrell noted that the date for the grand opening will be April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We’ll be having some light refreshments, a drawing for an ice cooler and other prizes.”
He said, “We are still working on the computer systems and finishing the inside. The physical building is done, but not likely to have staff move in until mid-March.”
The Caselton location for the LCPD was built shortly after the district was established in 1935 under the leadership of J. H. Buehler, grandfather of current board member Bob Rollins. Buehler served as the district’s first board chairman.
Luttrell said a commemorative plaque is planned for the entry foyer at the new building to recognize Buehler’s service. “He was extremely active in the formation of the power district in the mid-1930s, getting the original contract with Hoover Dam, getting grant money from the Public Works Administration [during the Roosevelt Administration], being one of the key designers of the transmission line. Not just a figurehead board president; literally the heavy lifter behind getting the power district created.”
Grandson Bob Rollins of Pioche was quoted in the Ruralite article as saying, “Grandpa would have been impressed and pleased with how the district has grown. He would have loved this new building. He had the foresight and realized how electricity was needed for economic growth.”
Buehler served as board chairman for over 12 years without pay.
After transmission lines were established and the contract with Hoover Dam completed, power began flowing to Lincoln County in 1937. The new LCPD had nine customers. Today, it serves over 4,000.
Luttrell has noted at other times that this is just Phase I of their long-term expansion plans. Between now and 2021, the maintenance shop and warehouse facilities will be transferred to the new location. Luttrell said, “The gradual development enables the district to extend the costs over about three years.”
The Ruralite article noted ideas for decorating the new building are being requested from the public, focusing on photos showcasing Lincoln County’s residents, events and natural beauty. Luttrell said 12 will be selected and enlarged to 24 by 36 inches. Photos may be submitted via a link at www.lcpd.com.
In addition, the district would also like to have pictures of former board members, especially those who served before the 1950s.