NEWS FROM YOUR COOPERATI www.sinpwr.com CONTACT US OFFICE 812-547-2316 TOLL FREE 800-323-2316 FAX 812-547-6853 EMAIL SINPOWER@SINPWR.COM OFFICE HOURS
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P.O. Box 219, Tell City, IN 47586 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gary Waninger, Chairman
Phone: 357-2264 DISTRICT 3: CARTER AND HARRISON TOWNSHIPS (SPENCER COUNTY)
Don Braun, Vice-Chairman
Phone: 529-8155 DISTRICT 4: HAMMOND AND HUFF TOWNSHIPS (SPENCER COUNTY)
Jeff Vogel, Secretary/Treasurer
Phone: 649-4275 DISTRICT 1: LUCE AND OHIO TOWNSHIPS (SPENCER COUNTY)
Phone: 454-2874 DISTRICT 2: GRASS, CLAY AND JACKSON TOWNSHIPS (SPENCER COUNTY) AND COOPERATIVE TERRITORY IN WARRICK COUNTY
Phone: 836-2536 DISTRICT 5: ANDERSON AND TROY TOWNSHIPS (PERRY COUNTY)
Phone: 836-4646 DISTRICT 6: LEOPOLD, TOBIN AND UNION TOWNSHIPS (PERRY COUNTY)
Phone: 843-5214 DISTRICT 7: CLARK AND OIL TOWNSHIPS (PERRY COUNTY) AND COOPERATIVE TERRITORY IN DUBOIS COUNTY KEY STAFF
Steve Seibert PRESIDENT/CEO
MANAGER OF MEMBER AND CORPORATE SERVICES
Your board of directors invites you to the June 20 annual meeting
ou set up your electric service account with Southern Indiana Power and you think to yourself, “That’s done. Now I just have to pay my monthly bill.” But the truth is we’re more than just a utility provider that you pay each month for electricity. We have more to offer, and we want you, our members, to know about these benefits. There are more than 900 electric cooperatives in the U.S. that serve 42 million members. Southern Indiana Power, your local electric cooperative, serves more than 8,500 members with lines stretching across 1,500 miles in four counties. So what makes being a member of an electric cooperative unique? We’re all in this together. You are a member of Southern Indiana Power — not a customer. And that means you have a voice when it comes to the way we do business. This month, at our annual membership meeting, you have the option to vote for your board of directors. These directors play a key role in making important decisions for our co-op, which is why members’ voices must be heard. Your co-op is managed by farmers, professionals, business owners, fathers, mothers, etc., who live near you. We want what you want — affordable energy bills and the comfort of knowing lights will turn on when you flip a switch. With those goals in mind we work throughout the year to invest in our electric system and keep power reliable. We focus on educating members on how to use energy efficiently. We talk to you in the grocery store and on the street, listening to your concerns and ideas. The board’s role is a simple one — we look out for your interests because, quite
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frankly, we share them. We are elected to represent you at the co-op. And the best part about our co-op is simple: Anyone can be a member. We’re founded on a set of seven principles, including voluntary and open membership. Anyone who needs electricity within our service territory, regardless of race, religion, sex, or economic circumstances, can become an owner of this hometown co-op. We’re looking forward to seeing you the next time we join our voices to guide the co-op. Don’t miss Southern Indiana Power’s annual meeting on June 20. The districts and areas with elections this year are: District Three: Carter Township and Harrison Township District Four: Hammond Township and Huff Township. Directors up for election to represent these districts are published on the next page. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the election process or need clarification on determining the district in which you reside, please contact the office at 812-547-2316. We hope to see you on June 20, at the Perry County Fairgrounds for the 2014 annual meeting! …
IVE Director elections
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Gary Waninger is the incumbent director for District 3. He is presently serving as chairman of the cooperative’s board. He and his wife, Jackie, live two miles east of Fulda in Harrison Township with their son, Ryan. Waninger, along with two of his brothers, farm approximately 800 acres and raise corn, soybeans, hay and wheat. They also have a Gary Waninger cattle operation. Waninger is a director and agent with St. Joseph Mutual Home Insurance Company. He is a member of the National Farmers Organization, Sons of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. Waninger also serves on the Operation Round Up® board of trustees. He has completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association director certification program to become a Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD). He and his family attend St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fulda.
District 4 Dirk Stein is seeking his first term as director for District 4. He and his wife, Roxanna, live near Evanston in Spencer County. They have two grown children, Justin and Cody. Stein is a graduate of Oakland City College with a degree in auto/diesel technology and is owner/operator of Stein Turkey Farm LLC. Stein is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Dirk Stein Church, where he serves on the board of finance. He also serves on the Huff Township Advisory Board and is treasurer for Finch Newton Water Company. Stein is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on Southern Indiana Power’s board of directors to help the cooperative move forward to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry.
Shown below is the rate schedule information needed to figure your bill for electric use in May. Wholesale power cost tracker $0.00678 Indiana sales tax $0.07 General Service Rate Facility charge All kWh
$24.50 per month $0.0975
Off-Peak Heating Systems Facility charge $28.50 per month All kWh $0.0975 Energy used for off-peak heating systems between 11 p.m.-7 a.m. (EST) All kWh $0.053 Monthly Security Light Billing 175-watt mercury vapor 100-watt H.P. sodium 400-watt mercury vapor
$7.50 per month $7.50 per month $11.50 per month
Electric bills due by the 27th of each month. Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted. Online payment also avilable at www.sinpwr.com.
$50 monthly drawing
Would you like to win a $50 credit on your electric bill? You could if you follow these simple rules: 1. Clip out the coupon below. 2. Fill out and return to our office along with your monthly payment before the 20th of the month. (Delinquent payments are not eligible.) 3. Coupons are dated monthly and are not available at the office. You are automatically entered in the drawing if you have your bill withdrawn from your bank’s checking or savings account (ACH) or if you pay your bill online by the 20th. The winner will be notified and the name published in the following monthly publication of Electric Consumer. APRIL’S WINNER: Barry DeWitt
$50 monthly drawing FOR BILLS DATED JUNE 10 PAID BY JUNE 20 NAME: ________________________________________________ ADDRESS:_____________________________________________ PHONE: _______________________________________________ ACCOUNT #:___________________________________________
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It’s time once again for the biggest event on the co-op calendar. Members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting on June 20, at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds. Come and enjoy: k Food k BINGO Members are k Pony rides welcome to bring k Face painting lawn chairs. k Registration gifts k Kids’ prize drawings k Cash prize drawings In order to be eligible for prize drawings you must be registered at the meeting, but you need not be present to win. Each member who attends will receive a registration gift. Elections will be held for directors to represent districts 3 and 4. A schedule is printed below that details specific event times at the meeting. 5 – 7 p.m. The Southern Registration for annual meeting Indiana Power Director elections office will close Food and activities at 3 p.m. 7 p.m. Business meeting Prize drawings Notice: We will not mail annual reports to each member. However, each member will receive an annual meeting notice. Members must bring the notice to the meeting to register, vote and be eligible for door prizes.
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Operation Round Up
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey (fifth from left) presents the Perry County Council on Aging a $1,000 grant to fund the senior center programs. Members of the senior center are pictured accepting the grant.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $2,000 grant to Matt Conen of the Grandview Volunteer Fire Department to replace oudated hoses on the main engine and turbo flares.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $4,300 grant to Brother Benjamin Brown and Stephanie Melton of the Spencer County Fire Chiefs’ Association to purchase fitness test equipment.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $850 grant to Andrew Gogel of the Santa Claus American Legion Post 242 to repair the entrance door and door frame at the Post.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $500 grant to Claude Boehm of the St. Meinrad American Legion Post 366 to purchase shirts for the Honor Guard.
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Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $1,500 grant to Damian Koch of the Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department to purchase six new pagers with batteries and chargers.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $1,600 grant to Pat Heeke of the New Boston Fire Corp. to purchase gas detection equipment, hose and flares for landing a helicopter.
Operation Round Up Trustee Amy Ramsey presents a $2,000 grant to Wayne Kleaving of the Anderson Township Fire Department to purchase one set of OnSpot chains for a tanker truck.
Highlights of April 23 board meeting In an effort to keep you informed of your cooperative’s operations and activities, the following are highlights of the April 23 board meeting.
1. All directors were present along with CEO Steve Seibert and Administrative Assistant Lisa Hinton. Also present was Accountant Amy Ramsey and Joe Boesing, CPA, Monroe Shine. 2. The March 20 board meeting minutes were reviewed and approved. 3. The membership certificates and vouchers were reviewed and approved. 4. The January and February directors’ reports were reviewed and approved. 5. As the first item of new business Boesing reviewed the 2013 Audit Report. The board approved the 2013 Audit Report as presented. 6. The CEO report was presented with Seibert reporting the following items: a. Seibert reviewed the city of Tell City’s annexation timeline. The city council voted in favor of the annexation ordinance. b. Seibert reviewed Federated’s Safety and Loss Prevention Assessment. c. Seibert informed the board of Southern Indiana Power’s patronage capital allocation from Hoosier Energy. d. Seibert reviewed the RUS Form 7 with the board. e. Seibert informed directors we will be
Pole treating to begin To help maintain high quality and reliable service while delivering electricity to our members, Southern Indiana Power conducts several annual preventative maintenance programs. One such measure is utility pole inspection and treatment. Southern Indiana Power contracts with a company to treat utility poles in a rotating cycle. Crews from Geoforce Utility Technologies will be in the Rose Hill area of Spencer County for approximately three months to treat 3,000 poles.
seeking to increase the number of comments to EPA on Action.coop. f. Seibert reported on the Holiday World substation load transfer. g. Seibert reported an IRS Form 990 extension has been filed. h. April 18 was National Linemen Appreciation Day. i. Seibert informed directors we are continuing to test the NISC SmartHub software. j. Seibert reported on employee/director health screening results. k. Seibert reviewed the employee/director recognition banquet. l. Seibert informed directors of the Perry County Lincoln Day Dinner on April 26. m. Seibert will attend the last phase of the NRECA Management Internship Program April 28-May 9.
the retirement of capital credit allocations in 2014 for the years of 1979-1983. 9. A motion was made by Director K. Waninger, seconded, and carried by the board to adopt a resolution to approve new board policy No. 520 Youth Programs. 10. Seibert reviewed board policies No. 203.R3 Director Compensation, No. 207 Director Training and No. 403.R2 Rural Economic Development Loan Program with directors. 11. Seibert provided an update from a Marketing Committee meeting held April 11. 12. Chuck Tiemann, senior risk management/ regulatory consultant with Indiana Electric Cooperatives, conducted hazard recognition, line patrol and trouble shooting and safety inspection training on April 21. Seibert advised there were no lost-time accidents and no public liability claims to report. 13. Director Braun reported on a Hoosier Energy board meeting held May 27.
n. The NRECA Legislative Conference will be held May 5-7.
14. Director K. Waninger reported on the Hoosier Energy Annual Meeting held April 9.
o. The Perry County Chamber Award Dinner will be held April 29.
15. Director Kleaving reported on an Indiana Electric Cooperatives board meeting held April 16.
p. The CFC Forum will be held June 10-13. 7. A motion was made by Director Kleaving, seconded, and carried by the board to approve the 2013 capital credit allocations as presented by Seibert. 8. A motion was made by Director Braun, seconded and carried by the board to approve
16. Director Vogel reported on the NRECA Directors Conference that was held March 24-25. 17. The next two regularly scheduled board of directors meetings will be Tuesday, May 28, and Wednesday, June 25.
Spray crews begin summer schedule Warm spring/summer months create rapid growth of foliage that can cause real problems for electric utilities like Southern Indiana Power. Each year, many hours are spent trying to control vegetation in power line rights-of-way. While we at the co-op love a beautiful tree just as much as the next person, allowing trees and other brush to grow around power lines can prove to be very costly and dangerous. Our spray crew began the summer maintenance schedule on May 12. It will be spraying the Bandon Feeder 2 beginning at the substation near Perry Central School and continuing south to Derby. From Derby it will work its way north toward Dexter and also south from Derby toward Rome.
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