Co-op annual meeting will continue

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During the May 22 Socorro County Electric Cooperative board of trustees meeting, several trustees questioned the validity of the annual meeting vote to reconvene the meeting on the second Saturday of June. However, on May 24 co-op manager Joseph Herrera confirmed by email there will be a membership meeting held June 8.

Since the annual meeting according to co-op attorney Lorna Wiggins lost its quorum before the end of the meeting, trustee Charlie Wagner made a motion at the annual meeting to continue the meeting on the second Saturday in June. His motion was overwhelmingly passed by the members present.

On May 22 trustee Priscilla Mauldin said Wagner broke all the rules at the annual meeting by standing up and “taking over the meeting” without being recognized.

“So anything he said to members and voted on was not legal,” she said. “There can be no vote to have a meeting in June.”

Trustee Don Wolberg said Wagner was not registered to vote at the meeting and so he couldn’t make a motion.

Trustee David Wade asked if a meeting participant has to be a registered member to make a motion at the annual meeting, and Wiggins said she thinks the board has established that.
The first order of business at a meeting is to register.

Wagner said his wife performed the registration; the couple have a joint membership. He also said he has the right to speak as a trustee.

Wagner continued speaking to clarify his statement but board president Luis Aguilar overran Wagner’s words, saying the meeting would move on to the next item.

Wagner said he thinks it is important to address the issue of holding a meeting in June, but Aguilar continued to talk over him.