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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It’s Election Time At Powder River Energy Board of Director Nominations Being Accepted
Notice of Nominating Committee
Pursuant to the bylaws of Powder River Energy Corporation (PRECorp), this is a call to the members of the cooperative for board of director candidates. The members listed on the reverse side of this issue of the Power Lines have been appointed 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 May 31, 2004.
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 four (4) directors, one (1) each from Campbell, Crook, Sheridan, and Weston counties, for three year terms each will be held on September 18, 2004, during the cooperative’s Annual Membership Meeting at Sundance, 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 cooperative’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.
2004 Nominating Committee
Campbell County Chuck Davis 686-2859 509 Elk Creek Road Weston, WY 82716 Tom Edwards 939-1266 94 Edwards Road Gillette, WY 82718-7054
Crook County Bill Durfee 283-2333 PO Box 161 Sundance, WY 82729 Raymond Petersen 756-3439 PO Box 158 Moorcroft, WY 82721
Sheridan County Charles Larsen 750-2400 PO Box 531 Sheridan, WY 82801-0531 Joseph Michelena 758-4432 PO Box 147 Clearmont, WY 82835-0147
Weston County Don Fillinger 746-2067 PO Box 501 Newcastle, WY 82701-0501 Tom Barritt 468-2493 PO Box 11 Upton, WY 82730 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.
May Is Electrical Safety Month Outlets and Plugs Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, which can overheat and lead to fire. Never remove the ground pin (the third prong) to make a three-prong plug fit a twoconductor outlet; this could lead to an electrical shock. NEVER FORCE A PLUG INTO AN OUTLET IF IT DOESN’T FIT. Plugs should fit securely into outlets. Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Replace any missing or broken wall plates. Make sure there are safety covers on all unused outlets that are accessible to children. Check for any hot or discolored outlet wall plates; that may indicate dangerous heat buildup at the connections. Power Cords and Extension Cords Make sure all power cords and extension cords are in good condition, not frayed or cracked. Cords should never be nailed or stapled to the wall, baseboard, or another object. Do not place cords in high traffic areas or under carpets, rugs or furniture. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis; they are not intended as permanent household wiring. Make sure extension cords and electrical products are listed by an independent testing lab such as the UL lab, and are properly rated for their intended use, indoor or outdoor, and meet or exceed the power needs of the appliance or tool being plugged into it. Light Bulbs Check the wattage of all bulbs in lamps and light fixtures to make sure they are the correct wattage for the lamp or fixture. Replace bulbs that have higher wattage than recommended; if you don’t know the correct wattage, check with the manufacturer. Make sure bulbs are screwed in securely-loose bulbs may overheat. Circuit Breakers and Fuses Circuit breakers and fuses should be the correct size current rating for their circuit. If you do not know the correct size, have an electrician identify and label the size to be used. Always replace a fuse with the same size fuse. Appliances Make sure your appliances are all certified by an independent testing laboratory such as the underwriters lab (UL), and read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Entertainment/Computer Equipment Check to see that the equipment is in good condition and working properly. Look for cracks or damage in wiring, plugs, and connectors. Use a surge protector bearing the seal of an independent testing laboratory such as underwriters lab (UL). Power Lines A publication of Powder River Energy Corporation 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: http://www.precorp.coop/reports.htm. Power Lines Editor: Mike Blenkush