2021 Annual Meeting: Incumbents Anderson, Valdez remain on board
The 2021 annual meeting on June 8 followed a similar format as 2020’s event. COVID-19 restrictions once again placed limitations on having a regular in-person meeting, so a membership open house was held all day with a Zoom meeting following that evening to take care of business.
The open house allowed for meeting and prize registration, as well as in-person voting. Winners of all door prizes were notified the following day (see winners’ names online at slvrec.com/annual-meeting).
The virtual meeting began with an invocation by REC’s Chief Technology Officer Monroe Johnson, followed by an introduction of the board and staff by President Carol Lee Dugan. REC Attorney Gregg Kampf announced the determination of a quorum with 56 members registered during the open house. Minutes from the 2020 annual meeting were approved and the 2021 scholarship recipients were recognized. In addition, SLVREC released its 2020 financial results, and Chief Executive Officer Loren Howard presented the executive report.
Howard discussed the continuing education of electric rates and said, “we expect no changes in rates for the remainder of 2021.” He also reviewed Tri-State’s rate decrease stating that the reduction in cost for REC will lead to savings for members, but exactly how those savings will be dispersed is still being discussed. REC staff will take a recommendation to the board at the June meeting. Howard also explained some of the larger maintenance projects that are occurring this year to help with fire mitigation and reliability in REC’s system. Questions from members (from the annual meeting postcards) will be answered either on an individual basis or in upcoming Newsboys.
REC directors to serve another four years
Votes were counted Wednesday morning by a third-party; incumbents Keenan Anderson, Saguache County (district 3) and Stephen Valdez, Conejos County (district 5) will both serve another four-year term. Anderson received more votes than opponent Chris Tolian Morrissette to retain his seat, while Valdez ran unopposed.