2019 Annual Meeting
OCEC held its annual membership meeting on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Cloudcroft High School Gymnasium. Attendance was the highest it has been in recent years with over 900 people showing up to participate in the governance of their cooperative.
The meeting kicked off with a tribute video to employees recognizing them for their hard work and dedication in the Wind Storm of March 2019. A resolution was passed dedicating the 80th Annual Meeting to the men and women of OCEC who are always there to answer the call, not only during a major storm, but each and every day.
The business portion of the meeting included video reports from the president, treasurer and general manager. Charlie Mulcock briefed attendees on some of the challenges that OCEC faces to include the adoption and implementation of the Energy Transition Act from Santa Fe that will ultimately change the way our co-op does business. Information was also passed on about Operation Round Up, the Energy Efficiency Fund and the OCEC Education Foundation Scholarship Program.
Scott Shafer, Board Treasurer, reported that your co-op has a strong balance sheet and income statement and noted that almost $800,000 in patronage capital was retired and refunded to member owners this year who had service in the years of 1994-1995. Mr. Shafer also reported that the Carrizozo Solar Project is working as planned as $147,000 in power costs was saved in 2018 as a result of this facility being installed.
General Manager, Mario Romero, spoke about the replacement of the old line feeding Sunspot and Timberon that should dramatically improve the reliability of electric service for people who live in these areas. Other topics touched on included OCEC’s national recognition for the implementation and success of the Commitment to Zero Contact safety initiative, and the likely need for a rate adjustment in 2020, primarily due to the many system improvements needed for greater reliability.
Election of trustees was held with two contested and two unopposed races for positions as trustee. Incumbent, Denny Burnett came out the winner for the Southeast district, defeating challenger, Jini Turri. And, David Powers beat out Jim Helms and Monroy Montes for a seat as trustee in the Northeast District. Powers will be serving his first term on the OCEC Board of Trustees. Marty Mills, Central District and Tim Rabon, Southwest District also were re-elected for another three-year term.
After the meeting was adjourned, the drawing for over 100 door prizes was held and a tasty barbeque lunch was provided for those in attendance. Be sure to mark your calendars now for next year’s meeting to be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020.
Links to annual meeting videos are below for members who were unable to attend.