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Beautify your yard, not utility equipment

Green or grey utility boxes, known as pad-mounted or padmount transformers, are part of the supply chain that helps provide power to your neighborhood. Those boxes sit on an easement, which allows us access to them.

What are the green boxes for? Their job is to step down high-voltage electricity to a lower voltage needed for the underground wires supplying power to the lights and appliances in homes.

Planning a yard project? Don’t just dig in

April is National Safe Digging Month. It reminds us all that as we begin beautifying our yards, we shouldn’t just dig in. According to 811, the “Call Before You Dig” national hotline, an underground utility is damaged every nine minutes because someone didn’t call before digging.

Whether it is a do-it-yourself project or you are hiring a professional, call 811 two to three days prior to starting any digging project to request that all underground utilities be marked. The service is free.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - February 22, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 12:55 o’clock p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.

Trustees present were: Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Bill Croy, Neil Gould, Richard Rudolphi, Frank Czyzewski, Danny Schnepper and Evan Smith. Also present were: Luke Johnson, CEO and Tyra Cycholl, Attorney for the Board. Frank Herman was present via conference call. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided and Neil Gould, acted as secretary thereof.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - January 25, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Co-operative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 1:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Got the work-from-home blues? A few tips to help keep you sane

If you joined the masses who began working from home after COVID-19 hit the U.S., or even if you worked from a home office prior to its arrival, you know working from home has its challenges.

As CNBC reported, “It used to be that working remotely was a perk. These days it’s about survival.”

Although statistics vary, an estimated 30 million people have lost jobs during the pandemic so far. For those who are fortunate enough to still have a job but now work from home, the days can seem to blend together one into the next.

From the Manager - March 2021

I’d like to take a moment to thank our dedicated office staff. Whether it is over the phone, at our drive-through or in our lobby, our office staff is the first point of contact we have with the membership. They are a vital pathway of communication between our members and the management of Clay Electric Co-operative. That pathway must remain open and flow both ways for us to function and we are lucky to have an amazing office staff.

Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - December 28, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of Clay Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CECI) was held at the Clay Electric Cooperative Headquarters, Flora, Illinois beginning at 1:00 o’clock p.m. on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Trustees present were Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Bill Croy, Danny Schnepper, Neil Gould and Frank Czyzewski. Also present were Luke Johnson, CEO, and Tyra Cycholl, Attorney for the Board. Richard Rudolphi and Frank Herman were present via conference call. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided and Neil Gould, acted as secretary thereof.

Be prepared for an outage... just in case

Thankfully, lengthy outages do not happen on a regular basis. That does not mean you should not prepare for them, however.

Safe Electricity and Clay Electric Co-operative, Inc. suggest you:

What happens behind the scenes during a power outage?

2020 was unique, to say the least. Contributing to the chaos was a record-breaking hurricane season, intense heat waves, lightning storms that sparked wildfires, and various other inclement weather concerns.

What do all these weather phenomena have in common? Unfortunately, they all had the potential to result in power outages.

From the Manager - February 2021

As the winter continues, we want our members to keep safety in mind. Our crews wrestle high voltage lines and the weather whenever they roll out to restore power in an ice storm. It is dangerous work. We can all do our part to mitigate the risks by moving over and slowing down when we see a utility crew working, especially in poor conditions.

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