Douglas Electric Cooperative conducted its annual meeting April 2. This year’s meeting was planned while we were still under state-required COVID-19 protocols. At the time we sent out notifications, no food was being served at the fairgrounds.
Attendance did not meet quorum requirements to pass our proposed bylaw amendments. It was still a good time, and it was great to see those who did attend.
Director elections were completed through the vote-by-mail process. Terry Nelson, director for District No. 1; and Evan Barnes, director for District No. 2; were unopposed. Both men retain their positions.
Attendees were updated on the recent independent audit conducted by the firm Moss Adams, which gave DEC a clean opinion. We are proud of the result because a clean opinion is the highest mark given during an audit.
Members were also updated on the initiatives DEC has taken to mitigate wildfire threats, and we discussed other pertinent business facing the co-op. We announced EES Consultants is helping us with a study to see if our rates need to be adjusted to deal with escalating material and labor costs across our industry. The study will be completed by the end of the month, so watch for more information to come.
We work hard to provide some of the lowest-cost power in the country. We will continue to try our best to insulate you from cost increases, but we also want to retain good employees and operate your utility in a safe manner.
I can’t wait for next year so we can see each of you at our traditional in-person meeting.