The members listed on the back page of this issue of the Power Lines have been appointed by PRECorp's Board of Directors to serve on this year's nominating committee. See this page for more information on the nominating process.
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Notice of Nominating Committee
Pursuant to the bylaws of PRECorp, this is a call to the members of the cooperative for candidates for the board of directors. The members listed on the re2003 verse side of this issue of the PRECORP DIRECTOR Power Lines have been apELECTIONS pointed by the directors of PRECorp to serve on a nominating committee. This committee is responsible for nominating qualified candidates to run for election to the board of directors. If you are a member of PRECorp and would like to be a candidate for the board or would like to nominate a member, contact one of the committee members in the county that you reside in and receive electric service by June 6, 2003.
A nominee for a PRECorp director position must meet the following qualifications: 1) Must be a member receiving electric energy from the Corporation; 2) Must reside within the service territory of the county from which he/she is elected; and, 3) May not be in any way employed by or have a substantial financial interest in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or supplies to the Corporation.
Director Election Counties & Date
The election of three (3) directors, one (1) each from Campbell, Johnson, and Weston counties, for three year terms each will be held on September 20, 2003, during the cooperativeâ€™s Annual Membership Meeting in Gillette, Wyoming. PRECorp members will be able to vote prior to the meeting via a mailed in proxy ballot or in person at the Annual Membership Meeting.
Bylaw Governing Nomination Process
The following excerpt of the cooperativeâ€™s bylaws explains the nominating process:
ARTICLE IV -- Directors SECTION 4. Nominations. It shall be the duty of the board of directors to appoint, not less than ninety days before the date of the meeting of the members at which directors are to be elected, a committee on nominations consisting of two members from each county holding an election. No member of the board of directors may serve on such committee. The committee, keeping in mind the principle of geographical representation, shall prepare and post at the principal office of the cooperative at least sixty days before the meeting a list of nominations for directors, which may include a greater number of candidates than are to be elected. Any twenty-five or more members residing within the service territory in the county from which a candidate for director is to be elected may make nominations by petition at the principal office of the cooperative not less than forty days prior to the meeting and the Secretary/ treasurer shall cause such nominations to be promptly posted at the same place where the list of nominations made by the committee is posted. The Secretary/treasurer shall also cause to have mailed with the notice of the meeting or separately but at least seven days before the date of the meeting, a statement of the number of directors to be elected and the names and addresses of the candidates, specifying separately, the nominations made by the committee on nominations and also, the nominations made by petition, if any. The Chairman shall invite additional nominations from the floor and nominations shall not be closed until at least one minute has passed during which no additional nomination has been made. No member may nominate more than one candidate.
2003 Nominating Committee Campbell County Chuck Davis 686-2859 509 Elk Creek Road Weston, WY 82716 John Groves 939-1354 3694 Highway 50 Gillette, WY 82718
Johnson County Fred Carr 738-2604 1439 Sussex Road Kaycee, WY 82639 Ed Foust 684-7964 PO Box 35 Buffalo, WY 82834
Weston County Gerry Carr 746-4159 2 Dewey Road Newcastle, WY 82701 Chuck Townsend 746-2048 PO Box 760 Newcastle, WY 82701 If you have any questions regarding the nominating process, please call Mike Blenkush, PRECorp’s VP of External Relations, at 1-800-442-3630, Ext. 2602.
Power Lines A publication of Powder River Energy Corp. P. O. Box 930 Sundance, WY 82729 As an official publication of Powder River Energy Corporation, the purpose of Power Lines is to communicate to member/ customers information concerning their electric cooperative, and to offer suggestions and ideas regarding the safe, efficient, and economical use of electric energy. Back issues of the Power Lines can be found on Powder River Energy’s website at: www.precorp.org/news.htm. Power Lines Editor: Mike Blenkush
MAY IS ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH HOME SAFETY IS THE FOCUS Though new homes are springing up around northeastern Wyoming, there are still many older homes. Aging homes and growing power demands could mean the electrical systems behind walls are at the same time deteriorating and becoming overburdened. That is a recipe for disaster. According to the latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, there is an annual average of 111,400 home fires caused by faulty electrical distribution systems, electrical appliances, and heating and air conditioning systems. These fires take 860 lives, injure 3,785, and cause $1.3 billion in property damage. During this year’s electrical safety month Powder River Energy is raising public awareness of electrical safety through school presentations, and public service announcements, our concentration this year is on home safety. “This is not to say that all old homes are death traps, but hazards associated with an aging home electrical system have a way of hiding until they become potentially fatal,” says Powder River Energy Safety Director Hoby Hughes. Powder River Energy recommends asking the following questions in order to determine whether you need to have your home electrically inspected: ♦ Is your home 40 years or older? ♦ Has your home had a major addition or renovation or a major appliance added such as a refrigerator, freezer, or electric furnace in the last 10 years? ♦ Are you the new owner of a previously owned home? ♦ Are your outlet and light switch plates hot to the touch or discolored? ♦ Do you have extension cords and multiple power strips permanently in use around the house? If you answer yes to any one of the above questions, you should consider having a licensed electrical inspector, electrician or electrical contractor perform an electrical inspection. Depending on the size of the home, a basic inspection could take 30 minutes to an hour. Powder River Energy and the Electrical Safety Foundation recommends that at the minimum the inspection should include the following: ♦ The condition of the electrical service entrance (if above ground) and perform a load analysis to determine if the service is adequate to meet the present demand. ♦ Proper grounding and polarity in receptacles. ♦ The condition of the panel and its connections. ♦ The condition of visible wiring. ♦ The presence of GFCI’s where required and test each. ♦ Voltage drop measurements on a couple circuits. ♦ Proper lamp wattage. ♦ Overloaded outlets and improper use of extension cords. ♦ Proper installment of smoke alarms and test each. “Because electrical hazards are so uniquely unforgiving, better to take one too many precautions than one too few,” says Hughes. “The bottom line is, inspect and protect.” These and other safety tips are available at PRECorp’s website at www.precorp.org and at www.electrical-safety.org.