West Point's Tom Goulette presented with Hultgren Dedicated Service award

May 20, 2020

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) presented Tom Goulette, city administrator/utility superintendent for the City of West Point, Neb., with its Rudy Hultgren Dedicated Service Award May 21 during MEAN’s Board of Directors meeting held via teleconference.

The award is presented annually to an individual of a MEAN member utility who has displayed commendable efforts in promoting the use of public power and its ideals. MEAN, the wholesale power supply organization of NMPP Energy, serves wholesale power supply and related services to 69 communities in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming. The award is a memorial tribute to Rudy Hultgren, a utility consultant and well-known and respected citizen of Lyons, Colo., who played an active role in community service and leadership.

Goulette has served as utility superintendent for the City since 1993 and took over city administrator duties in 2001. He has been active in the MEAN organization for many years, serving as chair of the MEAN Management Committee and several MEAN subcommittees. Currently, he is in his sixth year of serving as the chair of the MEAN Board of Directors.

He also serves on the Cuming County Economic Development Board, Planning and Zoning Administrator and Ex Officio member of the LB 840 Economic Development Board, League of Nebraska Municipalities Executive Board and is President of the Nebraska Rural Water Association. He received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award from the American Public Power Association in 2006 for his dedication and service.

Goulette has assisted in many projects benefitting the City of West Point, including:

  • Centralizing the street and electric distribution departments into one building;
  • Extending electric, water and sewer services to newly annexed areas;
  • The development of a Travel Plaza, which includes a truck stop, restaurant and motel and coordinating utility services to the area;
  • Development of the Nielsen Career and Technical Training Facility;
  • Construction of a 1,000,000 gallon water storage facility for future growth of the City;
  • Updating the City’s electric distribution system with the installation of smart meters;
  • Construction of a new substation and improvements to the water treatment plant and system;

As the recipient of the award, Goulette received $350 which will be designated to go to a community project or group.