At its annual meeting of members on June 16, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will introduce Elevate Fiber and demonstrate the fastest Internet service on the market. Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, is the co-op's new fiber broadband company that was recently established to bring fast, reliable, and quality Internet service to members in Montrose and Delta counties.
At the meeting, DMEA will provide demonstrations of video streaming as well as file downloads and uploads on 1,000 Mbps (1Gig) Internet service. Members located within Elevate's first phase will have the ability to pre-sign up for service and select from a variety of speeds and packages.
"This year's annual meeting is so much more than a traditional business meeting. It is truly a celebration of a new era for DMEA and the cooperative business model. We're no longer talking about bringing electricity to the far reaches of the county, but rather a new necessity -- high-speed Internet. DMEA's service will be the fastest available in the country," said Jasen Bronec, DMEA CEO.
The annual meeting is scheduled for June 16 at the Montrose County Fairgrounds Friendship Hall. Doors open for registration at 4:30 p,m. It will include a free grilled dinner, activities for children, an auto display, bucket truck ride and a performance by Jeneve Rose Mitchell. Jeneve is a 16-year-old from Crawford who competed in the most recent season of American Idol, where she advanced to become one of the top 14 contestants. Other activities include educational and interactive booths, door prizes, and a review of the co-op's accomplishments from the previous year. Registered members will receive a complimentary 10" cast iron skillet. The event is free to the public and no RSVP is necessary.
The meeting will also conclude DMEA's 2016 board of directors election. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The candidates in random order are: Olen Lund and Brad Harding, District 3; Walter von Helms and Jim Elder, District 4; Tony Prendergast and John Fleming, South Region.
Mail-in votes must be received by DMEA's independent election coordinator, Survey and Ballot Systems, by June 14. Members who chose not to vote by mail can vote in person for their director representatives at the annual meeting. Polls will close at the start of the business meeting at 6:30 p.m, which will open with a tribute to law enforcement by the Montrose Police Department. Election results will be announced at the conclusion of the meeting. More information about DMEA's annual election can be found online at www.dmea.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.