Co-op meetings set

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At the Socorro Electric Cooperative’s July 24 meeting, dates, times and some places were set for 2013 district meetings. In the past, co-op districts have only had meetings during election years, but this year, as demanded by a new bylaw amendment, all the districts will have meetings regardless of whether it is an election year or not.

During the proceedings, the board member of each district proposed time, date and sometimes location for the meeting for their district, then the board would vote on the proposal.

The District I meeting will be held Oct. 17, a Thursday, with registration held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the meeting at 5 p.m.

For the District II meeting, Trustee Charlie Wagner proposed the second Saturday of November from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for registration and 3 p.m. for the meeting to be held at the Macey Center at New Mexico Tech.

Other trustees indicated confusion at the location choice as District II encompasses Magdalena and Alamo.

Wagner pointed out with redistricting completed last year, parts of western Socorro are now included in the district and he wanted to make those new district members feel welcome. Also, Wagner said, with groceries not as available as they once were in Magdalena, people from both Magdalena and Alamo often travel to Socorro on the weekends for shopping so a Saturday meeting in town would not be so inconvenient.

Trustee Donald Wolberg said the Macey Center is expensive and he suggested the Alamo Navajo reservation would be a more appropriate place to have the District II meeting.

The board voted down the Macey Center as the location and Wagner then suggested the Tech Arts Center.

“I think it would be appropriate for the trustee of the district to be able to determine the venue of his own district meeting,” Trustee Ann Dorough said, speaking up for Wagner.

“In the past we have always allowed the board member to choose the place of the meeting, especially when it is an election year,” Wagner said. “I am trying to put the election in a neutral place.”

But the Arts Center was also voted down by the other board members.

Trustee Prescilla Mauldin motioned for the District II meeting to be held in Alamo, keeping the date and time as Wagner had proposed them.

Wolberg seconded the motion and it passed with only Dorough voting against the motion.

So the District II meeting will be held at the Alamo reservation Nov. 9, with registration and voting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the meeting starting at 3 p.m.

Wolberg was next as District III trustee. He suggested adding a candidate forum to the meeting plans. So for District III the schedule, as voted in by the trustees: On Nov. 16 there will be a candidate forum from 10 a.m. to noon; registration and voting will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and the meeting will start at 3 p.m.

Wagner suggested the co-op should send out a sheet with biographical information and photos of the candidates when they send out mail-in ballots for the district elections.

The District IV meeting will be Oct. 29 at the San Antonio School with registration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the meeting starting at 5 p.m.

The District V meeting will be Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for registration and voting and holding the meeting 1 p.m. at Quemado High School.