Posted 6/07/16 (Tue)
By Carrie Sandstrom
The Burke-Divide Electric Cooperative’s (BDEC) 71st Annual Meeting will take place today, Wednesday, June 8, with registration and a meal starting at 5 p.m. and the business meeting at 6:30 p.m.
This year’s annual meeting will be held at the cooperative’s new Crosby Outpost, 11590 ND 5, which was completed in May after beginning construction in the fall of 2015.
According to Heidi Robbins, member services manager, an open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today so the public can see and tour the facility, along with visiting with employees while enjoying refreshments. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 3 p.m.
Prior to building the Crosby Outpost, the cooperative didn’t have a location in the city, and Robbins says the new facility is intended to provide faster service to cooperative members in the western part of the cooperative’s system. Four linemen -- electricians who are trained to work on high-power transmission lines -- and two electricians are stationed at the Outpost.
The annual meeting is free and open to all members of the cooperative, that is, all people who receive electricity from BDEC. Robbins said it’s an opportunity for members to take part in the governance of their cooperative.
“At an electric cooperative we are owned by our members,” Robbins said. “If a person receives electricity from us they are one of our owners.”
At the annual meeting, the company will report on its financials from the previous years, and members will have the opportunity to voice any concerns they may have about the cooperative, in addition to electing individuals to the cooperative’s board of directors.
There are three districts represented on the board and this year one director from each district is up for re-election. This year individuals seeking re-election are Kent Haugland, Crosby, who represents district one and serves as the board vice president; Lane Titus, Battleview, who represents district two; and David Sigloh, Kenmare, who represents district three and serves as the president of the board. Members of the board serve for three year terms.
According to Robbins, members of the board of directors meet on a monthly basis and review cooperative operations, policies, rates for service and the direction of the cooperative.
Robbins says in previous years approximately 225 people have attended the annual meeting.