From Phil’s Desk
Congratulations to the area basketball teams who represented themselves very well in the state playoffs. Caliche boys took 4th place at the Colorado State basketball tournament as well as Leyton took 4th at the Nebraska tournament. Fleming boys won consolation and Caliche girls ended up with 6th at State. The Sterling boys also qualified to play at the State tournament.
On March 28, 2013 wheat was $6.84 bu.; corn was $6.95 bu. and millet was $40.00 cwt. 2013 wheat was at $6.62 and corn was at $5.09.
This month the Co-op would like to extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family of Pat Fehringer and Richard Sandborn
who both passed away recently. They will both be missed by us all.
Our Eagle stores represent fifteen C-Stores. On the west side of Colorado we have a truck stop in Cameo. On the east side of Colorado we have two C-Stores in Sterling, one in Brush, one in Wray and one in Yuma. In Kansas we have a C-Store in Johnson City, one in Tribune, one in Syracuse, one in St Francis, one in Leoti and one store in Oberlin. In Nebraska we have one in Arapahoe, one in Culbertson and one in McCook. We entered into this project to make money in effort to help pay off our patrons’ equities. This has worked in the past few years and we do expect it to continue in the future. Any time you get into any of these locations I would like to hear your comments and suggestions on any of these stores. As chairman of the board I want good clean profitable stores. It is the only way this project works for you, our owners.
FUEL CONTRACTS AVAILABLE
Fuel has become as volatile as the grain market has. With this happening we must market fuel in a similar fashion as we do the grain. Every day the fuel contracts are priced. If you get a price today you need to commit to the price and get a contract signed. You can not price the fuel today and take that price tomorrow or next week, there is just too much fluctuation in the pricing from day to day. We will be offering two different contracts for dyed diesel and unleaded.
Is it time to contract. Who knows? Last year I thought it was, only to have the price drop more. But it very well could be the time with all we hear fuel could go higher this summer.
By the way the prices for the months given in the examples are actual prices for January 24, 2013. I know this is very complicated but it is a very complicated world we live in. Please call me at 970-520-3881 or Harold at 970-520-3890 and we would be happy to discuss this with you.
The Co-op will be closing at Noon on Tuesday, April 30th for inventory. We appreciate your cooperation of allowing us to be closed so that we can count inventory without interruptions. Please plan your purchases with this in mind.
On the propane side, we can do contracts at any time for the 2013 – 2014 year. The contract would run from May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014. For example we could do a contract on January 24, 2013 (this is not our contract price it is just an example) for $1.42 on a fixed contract (pay for the propane as it is delivered) $1.39 for budget billing (pay an amount every month all year long so your payments are not so high in the winter) and prepay at $1.33 (pay for next year use, all gallons now). We are not giving an opinion on if you should do this or not. It is a better contract than last year. The rack price is starting to go up. If it is your comfort level to lock it in so the price does not sky rocket next winter, let Phil know at 970-520-3881 or Harold at 970-520-3890.
Don’t run out of propane. Serious safety hazards, including fire or explosion, can result. If an appliance valve or a gas line is left open when the propane supply runs out, a leak could occur when the system is recharged with propane. Air and moisture could get into an empty or depleted storage tank, which can cause rust build-up inside the tank. Rust can decrease the concentration of the odor of propane, making it harder to smell. If your propane tank runs out of gas, any pilot lights on your appliances will go out. This can be extremely dangerous if not handled properly. If your tank runs out of gas, a leak check must be performed by us. If on one of our routes, this would not be your fault so we will not charge for the leak check. If you are not on a route, there will be a charge for the leak test.
We are encouraging all of our customers to be on a route or order enough gallons to make it worth our delivery. We have run into problems with customers not wanting to be on routes and ordering 100 or 200 gallons of propane. We lose moneydelivering to these people in the country. You do not save money by doing it this way. We have taken on a larger territory and we do not have time to stop and run out for one person. Please make plans to be put on a route or order enough gallons to make it worth the delivery or your cost of propane will be higher. We need to do everything to keep the cost of delivery down and that includes you doing your part.
We are always looking for board members. Our annual meeting is on June 20th so be thinking about running for a position. We have a good time at our Coop and it is very educational. This year we have two positions up for re-election.
We are still doing our Lp safety checks. Call in and get your Lp safety check. Most customers are very happy knowing that their home is safe. We have been finding some homes with minor leaks. It does pay to have your system checked and anything that is not code be repaired. When you are on our program your system will be tested for leaks and all codes every five years. We think propane is a safe product but only if handled correct
When you schedule a service job on your vehicle, ask Jody or Brad to check your tires and brakes out for you. This is simple to do while your vehicle is already on the rack. It can also save you money not letting your brake pads get so worn out that it ruins the rotors. Keep in mind that Jody or Brad can get you almost any brand of tire there is. Stop and talk to these guys on this. This helps the whole community to shop local.
We wanted to remind you that we will allow you to purchase large products such as delivered fuel or feed and pay by credit card. You may also pay your entire bill each month and pay by credit card. The kicker is we will charge (3%) three percent extra to do this. This is what it costs the Coop for you to use these cards. By doing it this way you will be entitled patronage paid back by the coop.
Phillip M. Schumacher