DMEA South Region director Tony Prendergast was re-elected to a three-year term on the utility's board of directors at the annual meeting June 14 at Hotchkiss.
Also elected to three-year terms were Olen Lund, who unseated eight-year incumbent Ed Marston in District #3, and Jim Elder in District #4, who takes the seat vacated by Mike Sramek.
Results of the balloting were announced at conclusion of the annual meeting. There were 6,688 ballots cast, of which 113 were determined as ineligible or spoiled. DMEA provides electric service to over 32,000 meters. Each meter "owner" is allowed to cast a vote in the election.
Prendergast got 3,491 votes to 2,785 for Kay Heinschel.
Elder got 3,762 votes to 2,495 for Erica Lewis-Kennedy.
Lund got 3,815 votes to 2,652 for Ed Marston.
Following the election and the annual meeting, the DMEA board held its annual reorganizational meeting on June 17 and returned director Nancy Hovde to the board chair for the next year.
In other business at the DMEA annual meeting in Hotchkiss, the following matters were dealt with:
• Operation Round-Up chairman Carl Clay explained a new initiative, Round-Up Plus, that will accept donations from co-op members above their regular Round-Up
program amounts. The money is used to assist distressed ratepayers. Clay said that about one-third of DMEA meters accounts participate in the Round-Up program.
• Hovde announced that the board has decided to release $1 million in capital credits to members.
• Board member Marshall Collins explained DMEA's small economic presence among 44 co-ops served by Tri-State Generation and Transmission; DMEA accounts for 4.5 percent of Tri-State's total business, and the seven largest co-ops in the system supply almost half of Tri-State's business, he explained.
• Collins noted that a final permit approval to expand mining operations that supply coal for the Nucla plant is needed to fully utilize the plant.
• Outgoing director Mike Sramek was honored and thanked for his six years of service on the board.
• Hovde said that ratepayers' electric bills would probably go up, but not because of DMEA's 3.9 million fiberoptic program and not because of the South Canal project. They will likely raise in coming years because of increases in the wholesale power rates that DMEA has to pay for purchased power.blog comments powered by Disqus