ANNUAL MEETING WELL ATTENDED
One hundred and ninety seven members registered in person and five by proxy insuring a quorum at Columbus Electric Cooperative's 65th Annual Meeting of Members
Re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees were District 1, Nancy Clopton; District 3, Jay Peterson; and Trustee at Large, William C. Miller.
Bill Miller, CEC Board Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial results of the Cooperative for the period ending December 2013, stating that "the Cooperative met all the financial ratios required by our lenders".
Board President Edward Elbrock reported on the accomplishments, general condition and activities of the Cooperative.
Chris Martinez, CEC General Manager's report included the subjects of safety, electric rates and service reliability, the cornerstone of the Cooperative's business model.
Mr. Martinez discussed the Cooperative's safety awareness campaign and encouraged members to visit www.columbusco-op.org for safety and conservation information.
He reported that we continue to see a reduction in outage hours as a result of maintenance and line inspection programs.
On the issue of rates Mr. Martinez discussed the Cooperative's fuel and purchased power cost adjustment factor and why it varies monthly. He emphasized that none of the revenue collected through the factor stays with the Co-op. He explained that incorporating the fuel factor into the fixed cost would require a rate case. "Members want stability in rates and we hope to have a case filed by June," stated Mr. Martinez.
We would like to thank the members who took time out of their busy schedule to attend their Annual Meeting. We would like to recognize the outstanding job the Cotton City 4-H group did in preparing and serving the meal!
2013 Safety Coloring Contest Winners
The New Mexico Statewide Association through the Member Services group sponsors an annual Safety Coloring Contest for 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students. The goal of the program is to educate our youth about electricity and electrical safety. The posters are designed by the group and distributed to the 16 New Mexico Electric Co-ops.
Yareli Blanco from Columbus Elementary with the System Wide Winning Poster
Each Co-op is then responsible for sponsoring a contest at each of the elementary schools within their service area to determine which poster will represent them at the statewide contest.
This year's winners were:
Columbus Elementary 1st place: Michell Rodriguez; 2nd place: Lizbeth Delgado Flores 3rd Place: Yadira Flores
Animas Elementary 1st place: Helena Ramirez; 2nd place: Addy Offutt; 3rd place: Omar Castillo.
We would like to thank and congratulate all of the children who participated and good luck to Yareli at the Statewide Contest!
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