Co-op vote next week

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The Socorro Electric Cooperative annual meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 15. We highly recommend participation in this meeting to all member/owners of the co-op.

Despite controversy and questioning, the board and management have set the date so members must be at Finley Gym between 1 and 3 p.m. Wednesday in order to vote and to be regarded as part of a quorum.

On the ballot for the meeting are 17 resolutions for members to vote on, 14 of which the members already voted down at last year’s meeting. The board bylaw committee recommended these resolution sbe brought back this year, and the board voted to do so. The resolutions found on the ballot can be read in an overview in the May 2 edition of El Defensor Chieftain and on the www.dchieftain.com website. The overview details both the co-op management’s explanations and the reform committee’s recommendation on each issue.

The other three resolutions on the ballot are items discussed and passed at last year’s meeting. The co-op’s attorneys say the resolutions cannot go into effect until this year’s meeting where another vote will ratify them.

Up for discussion during the annual meeting will be a number of suggested changes brought up at the 2012 District 5 meeting, voted on and passed by the District 5 membership. These suggestions are detailed in the Chieftain at “Socorro Electric Cooperative District 5 bylaw change recommendations.”

While it appears bylaws and statutes allow for a district to vote on bylaw revisions to appear on the ballot, co-op attorneys have said while those recommendations need to be discussed at the annual meeting, they should not be voted on and they have not been included on the ballot.

If the members wish to adopt any of the District 5 suggestions, they must vote to do so and then it will be on next year’s ballot. Reform group members believe a vote on the District 5 recommendations should be held and those passing should be implemented right away.

Those who cannot make it to the annual meeting in person can receive a mail-in ballot for the resolutions and need to provide their account number and mailing address to the election administrator Ernie Marquez, by May 10. It has to be sent back to the administrator by 5 p.m. May 13. Request a ballot by contacting Marquez at 800-834-8683, ext 6534; by fax at 505-994-4144; or by email at emarquez@electionpeople.com.