2022 June NAEC The Messenger

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JUNE 2022

THE MESSENGER A Publication for North Arkansas Electric Cooperative Members

Ballots must reach S&BS by June 18 NAEC is conducting the election for the open board of directors seats by mail again this year. Incumbent Cameron Davis and Jason Barnes are running for the Baxter County position, and incumbent Jasper “Doc” Freeman is running unopposed for the Sharp County position. Davis and Freeman were nominated by nominating committee. Barnes was nominated by petition. Survey & Ballot Systems mailed members an envelope with the NAEC logo the third week of May. The Minnesota company is handling the election and tabulation of votes. Along with the ballot, the envelope included the 2021 Annual Report, candidate biographies and a prepaid postage return envelope to mail the ballot to Survey & Ballot Systems. Ballots cannot be given to NAEC. They must be mailed to Survey & Ballot Systems and received by June 18 to be considered valid. Results will be published in The Messenger and at naeci.com.

Objects on poles can not only cut line workers while they are climbing but also puncture their clothing and gear that protects them from electric shock.

Signs, other items on poles can harm line workers, degrade poles Signs, basketball goals and other materials on utility poles are more than just an unpleasant community eyesore; they can be dangerous — even life threatening — to the professionals who maintain our vital lines of electricity, communication and other services. North Arkansas Electric Cooperative urges everyone to help keep utility poles free of such objects. The clamped safety boots used by line workers to climb poles are vulnerable to becoming snagged on staples and nails embedded in poles. Foreign objects also can tear utility workers’ protective clothing, which is the first line of protection from an electric shock. They also can injure workers despite the safety gear they wear to avoid contact with rough surfaces. Posting items to poles can be a public safety hazard as well. The materials posted on the poles not only distract people as they drive, but they also degrade the quality, effectiveness and stability of the wood. Under Arkansas law, posting a sign to a utility pole is unlawful and subject to a fine for each day the violation continues. It is also just as important to avoid tampering with or disrupting the guy wires that surround poles. Please educate children not to play or swing on them, and maintain your distance when performing yard work. If you see the poles or guy wires are disrupted in some way, please call NAEC at 870-895-3221 immediately.

Annual Meeting to be business session

The 2022 Annual Meeting will entail only a business session at the co-op’s Salem headquarters at 10 a.m. June 21. Members will be able to watch the meeting live at naeci.com. Please call 870-895-3221 with any questions.

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To report an outage to NAEC’s dispatch center, please use the form on the NAEC mobile app or the Outage Viewer at naeci.com. Members also can call 870-895-3221.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY TIP OF THE MONTH If you’re looking to add smart technology to your home, consider smart plugs. Smart plugs are inexpensive and can be used to control lighting and other electronic devices through a smart phone app. With smart plugs, you can conveniently manage lighting, home office equipment, video game consoles and more. By powering off unused devices when you’re away, you can save energy (and money!). —energystar.gov

DAILY HIGHS & LOWS — APRIL 2022 Average Daily High: 68.78° compared to 69.43° in 2021

TEMPERATURE

Average Daily Low: 46.77° compared to 43.4° in 2021 Total Rainfall Amount: 5.37” compared to 7.07” in 2021 Warmest Day: April 22, 81.8° at 2 p.m. April 24, 81.8° at 5 p.m. Coolest Day: April 1, 27.2° at 6 a.m.

DAYS

CONTACT NAEC 870-895-3221 info@naeci.com naeci.com

RIGHT-OF-WAY Areas served by Brockwell Substation: Brockwell, Wiseman, Violet Hill, Larkin, Lacrosse, Newburg, Jumbo, Boswell, Mount Olive and Twin Creeks

IMAGES: TORI MOSS; BUTLER/NRECA; NRECA; DAISY DAISY/ADOBE STOCK

ON THE FRONT Chris Waltrip demonstrates the danger of contacting energized lines at Dogwood Days in Horseshoe Bend.


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