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February marked the month for the annual policy review by the Policy Committee with final approval coming from the full board at their February meeting. I would like to elaborate on two policy changes going into effect on June 1, 2018, that will have an impact on the general membership.
Policy 10-10 – A service deposit in the amount of $125 shall be paid to the cooperative with each application for service beginning on June 1, 2018. Note: The current deposit has been $75 since 1995, thus hasn’t increased in 23 years. The updated deposit of $125 will better match the average monthly residential bill. Members with multiple meters are required to have two deposits in their name.
Policy 10-12 – Line Extensions – Seasonal (including well service) Accounts will see $7 per foot line extension beginning on June 1, 2018. Note: This is an increase from the current $5.50/foot. The rationale for this increase is to better match the actual costs to construct line to these minimum revenue-generating services. When construction costs are covered by the requesting member, this eliminates the need for MGEC to borrow money which would need to be paid back by all members.
Your directors have been busy representing your co-op. Several attended Co-op Day at the Capitol in Pierre on Feb. 20. Kerry McLellan returned from Nashville, Tenn., where he represented MGEC at the national meeting along with Abby Martin from Dupree, who received the prestigious honor of being selected to represent South Dakota in the Youth Leadership Council. Bob Keckler and Royce Walker recently received their Gold Certificate for successfully completing the Gold Program by completing additional training. Troy Wall and Kelly Landis were enrolled in director training in Pierre that will be rescheduled due to weather. Ryan Maher will be representing us at the Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., in April. This requires effort for these individuals to take time away from their daily tasks in order to enhance their knowledge of our industry.
Condolences go out to Journeyman Lineman Garret Simon for the loss of his dear wife, Gaylene, who lost her courageous battle to cancer on Feb. 11. She may now rest in the arms of our Loving God.
As I’m writing this report, news of an upcoming blizzard is being broadcast. I’m praying that our co-op will be spared of any damage. Until next month…God Bless