Minutes of the Board of Trustees Meeting - April 24, 2023

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, Ill., beginning at 6:58 o’clock p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023.

Trustees present were Bob Pierson, Neil Gould, Bill Croy, Kevin Logan, Richard Rudolphi, Frank Herman, Frank Czyzewski, Evan Smith and Josh Schnepper. Also present were Matt Conklin, CEO; Attorney for the Board Tyra Cycholl; and Auditor Brian Cherry. The meeting was opened by Bob Pierson, who presided, and Neil Gould acted as secretary thereof.

The invocation was given by Neil Gould and was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following proceedings were had [all action being first duly moved and seconded, and all action taken being upon the unanimous vote of the Board or without dissenting vote of abstention unless otherwise stated]:

APPROVED, the Suggested Agenda.

APPROVED, the Consent Agenda including the following:

  • APPROVED, the prior meeting minutes;
  • APPROVED, (a) to admit to membership those applicants connected for service since the last such review by the board, and (b) cancel those former members shown on the Manager’s Report since the last such review by the Board, said members no longer taking service;

HEARD, the Audit Report as presented by Brian Cherry.

APPROVED, the Audit Report. Thereafter at 7:34 p.m. Brian Cherry left the meeting.

REVIEWED, the Consent Agenda including the following:

  • REVIEWED, the Work Orders;
  • REVIEWED and DISCUSSED, the Disbursements;
  • REVIEWED, the Credit Card Statements;
  • REVIEWED, the Attorney Retainer;
  • REVIEWED, the Account Summary Report;
  • REVIEWED, the Federated Report from the Board.

APPROVED, Deceased Estates as presented


HEARD, a report by Bob Pierson regarding SIPC Board Meeting.

HEARD, an update by Kevin Logan regarding AIEC and the Legislative Conference as there was no meeting.

HEARD, a report from Manager Conklin regarding the AIEC managers’ meeting.

DISCUSSED, upcoming education courses with NRECA, Springfield Lobby Day, Aces Conference and CFC Forum.

HEARD and APPROVED, a financial report by Matt Conklin as to the following:

  • Monthly Reconciliation;
  • SIPC Power Delivered in March 2023;
  • March 2023 Cash Flow;
  • Line Loss;
  • March 2023 Form 7;
  • March 2023 Balance Sheet;

REVIEWED, the Safety Report for the month of February.

REVIEWED, the Monday morning Safety meeting.

HEARD and APPROVED, the Manager’s report by Matt Conklin on the following topics.

  • Youth to Springfield Tour;
  • Operations Report;
  • Communications Report;
  • Upcoming meetings.

WERE UPDATED, on the Youth to Springfield Tour.

REVIEWED, the Operations Report.

REVIEWED, the Communications Report.

WERE REMINDED, of upcoming meetings on May 22, 2023, June 26, 2023, July 24, 2023, and Aug. 28, 2023, at 7 p.m., and the Annual Meeting on Aug. 24 with Bill Croy, Josh Schnepper and Richard Rudolphi up for re-election.

REVIEWED, the CFC training attended by Matt Conklin.

REVIEWED, a thank you note from Carrie Goldstein and Family.

There being no further business to come before the Board, said meeting was declared adjourned at 8:41 p.m.