An estimated 600 persons, representing over 300 registered members, gathered last night at Trenton high school where they attended the 75th anniversary meeting of Grundy Electric Cooperative.
The evening included re-election of two directors; reports from the board president and general manager; and presentation of a plaque to Grundy's first member to receive electricity which occurred back in December of 1939.
Grundy Electric Cooperative Board President, Dan Lentz discussed the ¬†May 3rd snow storm damages and costs associated with the unusual spring storm.¬† Crews from four neighboring cooperatives assisted in efforts to restore power to what was described at its peak as four thousandmembers without electricity. Due to the estimated 500 thousand dollars in materials and labor, and no reimbursement from FEMA, Lentz reported the board then decided not to issue capital credit checks this year to members. ¬†Lentz also discussed concerns regarding government efforts to restrict the use of coal to generate electricity through the Federal Clean Air Act.
General Manager Scott Wilson stated the last rate increase was in May 2011. And he told the membership to anticipate an increase in rates next year. It's due, Wilson said, because of a projected increase in wholesale power costs; the current declining trend in killowatt hours used; and large capital outlays to keep improving the system. Wilson also announced a new program involving participating retailers. Members can use their Co-op Connections card to receive local and national discounts, aswell as pharmacy discounts.
The guest speaker was Jim McCarty, editor of Rural Missouri magazine, who spoke of the early history involving the cooperative. Lentz and Wilson then presented Crowder State Park representatives (including Superintendent Anna Persell) with a plaque recognizing the park as the first location to receive electricity from Grundy Electric (December of 1939)
G-E-C Foundation President Cliff Addison of Bethany presented 14 grants which collectively totaled 83 hundred dollars. Funds are raised through Operation Roundup. Checks were presented to representatives of Rissler, Trenton middle and high schools; Spickard, Laredo, Grundy R-5, Princeton, North Mercer, Ridgeway, South Harrison, Newtown Harris, and Wayne County at Corydon, Iowa. Other recipients are Mercer county food pantry and Lineville senior center.
Grundy Electric presented certificates and cash prizes to poster contest winners with the theme, ‚ÄúPromoting Safety Since 1938‚ÄĚ.¬† Eight 4th grade students were recognized.
Weston Carver, Grundy R-V; Amanda Parrack, S.M. Rissler;¬† LaciAnn McGraw, S.M. Rissler; Kloye Thrailkill, North Harrison R-III; Lola Ridgeway R-V; Dylan Fischer, Princeton R-V;¬† Madison Davis, North Mercer; Camryn Jacobsen, Wayne County
Members re-elected two directors to serve a three-year term: Eric Woodard of rural Trenton, and Joe Hartley of Mercer.
The eight member board then select officers. They are Dan Lentz as President; Joe Hartley, Vice President; Marvin Harding, Secretary; Eric Woodard, Assistant Secretary and Richard Moore, Treasurer.¬† Other board members include:¬† Tom Ewing, Jack Clark, and Alan Guernsey.