Letters to the editor (11/07/13)
Co-op District IV meeting fails to address concerns
Last Tuesday’s District IV meeting was held in San Antonio starting at three in the afternoon. It’s no wonder only 16 people attended and 12 of those were of the reform group.
Trustee Dave Wade opened by informing us that he has maintained that these district meetings were too expensive and a waste of time. Yet it was Wade who insisted that this meeting be held midday/midweek, when the majority of the people are at work.
Following Wade was trustee Prescilla Mauldin, who began by informing us that she had started a bylaw committee to review and correct the bylaws proposed by District V. One of the first things she said was that she encouraged member feedback and then reminded us that this is a member driven co-op. But when she ended her speech a member stood and asked a question. Mauldin promptly said, “I am not taking questions from the floor. You can email me.”
She then turned and picked up her bag, donned her sunglasses and exited the building.
Dave Wade then stood and closed the meeting even as members were asking him questions. His response was, “We don’t have a quorum.”
So much for our duly elected trustees and the Open Meetings Act.
As far as they are concerned, it is their way or the highway. So yes it was a waste of time for all the members who took time out of their day to show up.
Shame on the trustees and the general manager for not taking the time to answer member’s concerns even if there were only 16 of us.
Co-op District II members need to participate
The next two Saturdays will see elections for trustees to the SEC board. District II on Nov. 9, District III on Nov. 16. Both have voting/registration from 1-3 p.m. with business meetings starting at 3 p.m. District III will also have a candidate forum from 10 a.m. to noon. These elections will mark the final board reduction from 11 trustees to the five trustees mandated by the 2010 bylaw amendments. The two trustees elected will either set a new balance on the board or revert to the old manner of doing business. The members will determine the future path of the co-op by their votes.
The site of the District II election was set by the board majority to be held in a distant corner of that district with a very low population compared to the west side of the City of Socorro and the Magdalena area in an obvious attempt to discourage attendance at the meeting. It should have the opposite effect making people more determined to have their voices heard.
The business meeting is where people speak, pass resolutions to be voted into bylaws, etc. People that have already voted by mail should register before 3 p.m. to get their wristbands so that they can vote at the business meeting and become part of the quorum. They can also check to see if their vote by mail is recorded. This is true for both districts. With rate hikes looming and many questions about operation of the co-op, members need to ask questions and vote for the trustees that they trust to move the SEC toward the future.
Charlene F. Wagner