Co-op meeting doesn’t happen

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The Socorro Electric Cooperative meeting that was supposed to happen on Tuesday didn’t.

Board members Charlie Wagner and Anne Dorough, as well as board President Luis Aguilar, sat at the meeting table waiting for the remaining board members to show up. When the three board members and co-op manager Joseph Herrera were the only ones sitting there at the 5:30 p.m. meeting time, Wagner suggested waiting another 10 minutes to see if someone would come in so a quorum could be established.

In that 10 minutes, trustees David Wade, Prescilla Mauldin, Leo Cordova and Don Wolberg did not come in. Also conspicuously absent from the table was the presence of an attorney from the co-op’s representative law firm, Wiggins, Williams and Wiggins.

Wagner spent the 10 minutes waiting explaining to Aguilar that the reorganizational board meeting held Jan. 2 was not legal because proper notice was not given to the public that the meeting was going to take place, and thus the board organization — i.e., Aguilar’s presidency and the other board positions — is not valid. Wagner also said that the three bylaw committee meetings held between the regular January board meeting and Feb. 26 were also illegal because they were attended by a quorum of the board and no notice was given to the public at all regarding those meetings.

When no quorum was established, Tuesday’s meeting failed to convene. The date and time of 5:30 p.m. March 28 was established for the next board meeting by the three board members present.