Co-op meeting adjourns amid shouting

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The Socorro Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees chose to change its regular meeting schedule to every fourth Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.

The issue arose due to trustees — including Board President Anne Dorough, who lives in Quemado – not wanting to drive home late in the evenings.

Trustee Charlie Wagner asked that Saturdays at 10 a.m. be considered as well, since Trustee Melissa Amarro would have to take time off her job to attend the afternoon Wednesday meeting time.

After discussing the pros and cons, the board, by a 3-2 vote, rejected Wagner’s proposal.

The board also chose General Manager Joe Herrera over Wagner by a 3-2 vote, as the co-op’s Tri-State representative.

A discussion on scheduling this year’s Annual Meeting was interrupted by a verbal outburst from an owner/member in the audience.

At issue was the question of whether or not there was a quorum at last year’s two meetings. Dorough said that amendments passed last year were not valid because of the lack of a quorum at either meeting.

Before any vote was taken on scheduling the 2014 Annual Meeting, Dorough banged the gavel said, “This meeting is adjourned.

The next scheduled meeting will be the fourth Wednesday in February at one o’clock.”

The next regular meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.