DMEA's annual meeting on June 15 provided an evening of family fun, entertainment, education, and full bellies, as Jimmer's Back Country BBQ served up a delicious meal.
It was also a night for DMEA to celebrate the future. DMEA showcased new technologies in energy efficiency, transportation and, of course, broadband. An important conversation addressed how the way DMEA generates and delivers electricity has changed thanks to more robust and affordable renewable resources and the changing needs of members.
The meeting also marked the close of DMEA's board of director elections. Three seats were up for election this year -- Districts 1, 2 and 5. The District 2 and 5 candidates ran unopposed and were deemed elected at the meeting. Kyle Martinez maintained his seat as the District 2 representative; Chris Hauck was welcomed as District 5 representative. Hauck takes the place of Marshall Collins who moved off the board this year as he met his term limit obligation after 12 years of dedicated service.
Two candidates ran for the District 1 seat, incumbent Bill Patterson and challenger Ed Ulibarri. Patterson retained his seat securing 3,003 (71.3 percent) votes. Ulibarri secured 1206 (28.7 percent) votes.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.