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Minutes of Board of Trustees Meeting

Regular meeting February 22, 2016

Trustees present were: Frank Czyzewski, Bill Croy, Neil Gould, Frank Herman, Kevin Logan, Bob Pierson, Richard Rudolphi, Danny Schnepper and Greg Smith. Also present were Executive Vice President/General Manager Ed VanHoose, and Cooperative Attorney Melanie Pearce. The invocation was given by Bill Croy. 

    Approved the agenda as presented and amended by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose.

    Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held January 25, 2016. 

    Accepted 5 new members for service. 

    Canceled 18 members no longer receiving service.

    Reviewed and Approved work orders in the amount of $19,285.44 for the month of January 2016.

    Accepted the disbursement list for January, 2016.

    Appointed Ed VanHoose as Voting Delegate for Cooperative Response Center (CRC).

    Reviewed and Discussed recently held NRECA Annual Meeting.

    Reviewed report from NRECA on recent stay by the US Supreme Court of the Clean Power Plan.

    Reviewed agenda for upcoming 2016 NRECA Legislative Conference, Approved attendance of Directors Logan and Herman and Gen. Mgr. VanHoose.

    Heard a report by Trustee Herman concerning the recent SIPC Board meeting specifically financial information, Generation and Energy Resources Reports, and environmental issues.

    Heard a report by Trustee Logan, as to the recent AIEC Meeting, specifically financials, appointment of new AIEC General Counsel, and changes to the Illinois Country Living magazine cover.

    Heard a report by Trustee Pierson on recent NRECA Board Training on “Strategic Planning”.

    Informed by Trustee Gould of recent Purchasing Committee meeting to finalize previously approved budgeted replacement of pickup truck for Members Services Director.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to the following;

a. Reviewed Form 7/Operations Report.

b. Reviewed cash flow report.

c. Reviewed SIPC power bill.

d. Reviewed power factor.

e. Reviewed power cost adder.

    Approved entering into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel.

    Approved entering into Open Session.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to recent safety meeting with outside personnel regarding tree safety.

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose as to newly formed NRECA Veteran’s Initiative.



    Discussed and Approved the 2016 Member Pledge for Veteran’s Initiative to encourage the hiring of Veteran’s in Cooperative’s across the United States as presented. 

    Heard a report by Gen. Mgr. VanHoose regarding the following; Cyber Security issues in the Ukraine where a power grid was shut down for a period of 6 hours. The “hacking” was accomplished via spear Phishing of a utility employee. Mr. VanHoose then explained the definition of “Spear Phishing” in general. 

    Reviewed Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide as provided by FEMA.

    Reviewed report from NRECA on national litigation effort ADA complaints on cooperative websites. Mr. VanHoose informed that no such complaints had been received by CECI to date.

    Reviewed Wabash Valley Service Co. Dividends of $250.

    Reviewed CRC dividends of $500.

    Reviewed report from CFC regarding Integrity Fund balances.

Thereafter Approved Managers report as presented.

    Reviewed Thank You note from McLean Implement for recent compact utility tractor purchase.

    Approved the retirement of Capital Credits to the estate of one deceased Member, pursuant to Cooperative Policy, with one abstention.

    Reviewed 1 Liability Insurance Certificate.