Letters to the Editor 04/11/2013

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SEC needs to notify members of mapping
Editor:
Last week I discovered a young man that was attempting to climb over our fence. When I approached him, he informed me that he had to get to the power poles on our property and all he wanted to know was if the hot wire on the top of the fence was on. He did not ask permission to come on our property or explain why he needed access to our property until I questioned him.
After I was informed of what he was doing, I opened gates to allow him to get to the two poles that are inside of our fences. We have these fences for the same reason that most people do, to keep stray animals and strangers off of our property, and to keep all of our dogs on our property.
This young man, employed by Chapel Mapping, acted as though he could come onto private property without asking or notifying us.
This occurred the day after our electric bill arrived. Why was there not a notice included in our bill, or in the previous month’s, of the fact that a contract was to be awarded to Chapel Mapping to do the system facility inventory so that we all would know to expect them?
Why was there no notice in the Defensor Chieftain that Socorro Electric had awarded the aforementioned contract?
The only written notice of this action that we are aware of was published in the April edition of the Enchantment.
It is fortunate that I was home because if the Chapel representative had entered our property in our absence, one of our six dogs would probably have bitten him.
In discussing the action taken by Socorro Electric to accomplish the survey with friends and neighbors I have been told that if the Chapel Mapping employee did not have on an orange safety vest that there was a possibility that he could have been shot.
Contrary to the article in the Enchantment the vehicle driven by the Chapel Mapping employees was not “clearly identified” as stated. The vehicle did have a very small decal on the door that could not be read from a distance of greater of 10 or 12 yards.
This is just another example of the disregard that Socorro Electric has for its members.

Steven Randall
Veguita