WHERE: East Central Electric Headquarters - 2001 S. Wood Drive (Hwy. 75) in Okmulgee
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 22
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Step 1: Enter on east 28th Street, just north of Woodlawn Cemetery.
Step 2: ECE employees will direct trafc along the route as it loops around the south side of the facility.
Step 3: Talk to board candidates, learn about ecoLINK, and receive free goodies.
Step 4: Vote and approve 2020 Annual Meeting minutes using an efcient third-party iPad voting system.
Step 5: Exit where directed and enjoy the rest of your day!
Participating in your 2021 Annual Meeting can be very rewarding! All members who attend the Drive-Thru Meeting and register to vote will automatically receive a $20 credit toward their electric bill. All registered members are also eligible to participate in a drawing for one of many great prizes.
- 60 members will receive a $100 cash prize.
- Ten members will receive one month of free 1GB internet service from ecoLINK.
- Four members will receive three free months of 1GB internet service from ecoLINK.
- Three members will receive one whole year of free 1GB internet service from ecoLINK.
- Two members will receive a $500 cash prize.
- And one lucky member will receive the Grand Prize, a $1,000 cash prize.
Award letters will be mailed to the winners following the annual meeting.
What am I voting on?
During the 2021 annual meeting, members will be asked to cast their ballot on the candiates for District 2 & 5 Board of Trustees as well as voting to approve the Minutes of the 2020 Annual Meeting.
This section will be updated as information becomes available.
2020 Annual Meeting Minutes
EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
MINUTES OF ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS
EAST CENTRAL ELECTRIC HEADQUARTERS
SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
The 82nd Annual Meeting of Members of East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc. was held at the East Central Electric Headquarters, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, on Thursday, September 10, 2020.
The meeting was held at the Headquarters Building, Okmulgee, Oklahoma as a drive-thru meeting, in order to ensure the safety of both members and employees in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic following the CDC guidelines of social distancing and limiting group gatherings.
Registration of members began at 1 p.m. During registration members received the annual report, a ballot, the survey and registration gifts. Registration concluded at 7 p.m.
At the start of registration, the Cooperative’s records indicated a total of 25,239 members after deducting the total of all members receiving service at more than one metered location; that each of these 25,239 members is entitled to one (1) vote at the 2020 Annual Meeting in accordance with Article III, Section 5, of the Bylaws of this Cooperative; and that five percent (5%) of this number, or a total of 1,262 members present, constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at the 2020 Annual Meeting of Members.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. registration showed a total of 1,262 members had been registered thus certifying quorum was met for the transaction of business with a final total of 1,850 registered at the 2020 drive-thru Annual Meeting.
The Secretary/Treasurer’s 2019 Report was included in the Annual Report and was available on East Central Electric’s website. The report stated that the books and financial statement of East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, Inc. are audited each year as of December 31. An audit for the year ended December 31, 2019 has been completed by the firm of Briscoe, Burke & Grigsby, L.L.P., Certified Public Accountants, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Comparative Financial Statements shown in the Annual Report are for the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2019.
The Manager’s Report was made available to the members through a video presentation. The video included the current cost of power at 11.3 cents per kilowatt to the members. The revenue was $60,506,792 and the expenses were $58,635,306 to the cooperative during 2019. Nearly 60 cents of every dollar in revenue was spent to purchase power from WFEC and KAMO. Ending the year with $199.7 million in plant assets and $107.9 million in liabilities equaling a 45.95% equity for the cooperative. East Central Electric has had a 7 percent meter growth over the last ten years with a total for 2019 of 34,419 along with a 3 percent growth in miles of line over the last ten years. The board voted to return $1.1 million in capital credit to the members in 2020 and has returned $26 million to the members since 1975. One of our core principles is Concern for Community with a focus on youth programs. Operation Roundup has awarded $246,000 in scholarships and $1,851,742.94 in grants to those in need in our communities. East Central Electric is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Traveled 785,088 miles, installed 413 new services, inspected 22,338 poles and trimmed, cleared and sprayed over 950 miles of right-of-way during 2019 with only one lost time accident and reliability rating of 99.92%. Spent $24,888,774 in plant additions including construction, maintenance, right-of-way, and fiber. The fiber project construction for Phase 1 is now complete with 2000 subscribers.
The members were given ballots at registration and the election was held in accordance with the bylaws. The entire membership voted on the Trustees for District 1, 3, and 6. Being that there were no opponents on the ballot the incumbent Trustees, Larry Harvey, District 1; Max Shoemake, District 3; and Jim Hall District 6 would remain in office for an additional three-year term. In addition, the membership approved the minutes from the 2019 Annual Meeting.
Drawings for the prize winners were completed at the conclusion of the meeting.