Special Member Meeting Set for April 28 at Blanchard

Special Member Meeting Set for April 28 at Blanchard

Notice to Members of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative
A Special Member Meeting is set for 9 a.m. April 28, at the cooperative’s Blanchard office

The board of directors will consider changes to the cooperative’s rates and tariffs at its meeting on April 28, 2014, to be held at the cooperative office at 3681 Costabella Avenue, Blanchard, MI. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. and is open to all members of HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

The session will begin with an opportunity for members to provide direct input to the board of directors, without filing a formal request under cooperative policy. Members are asked to come to the lobby by 9 a.m. and request to speak to the board; staff will direct interested members to the meeting room. Time constraints on each member’s comments will be at the discretion of the board president, but members are asked to keep comments to less than five minutes.

The following items will be considered. Members will have an opportunity to address the board on the proposed changes prior to board action.

1)   Reconcile the 2013 Power Supply Cost Recovery Factor collections. The Power Supply Cost Recovery Factor is applied to Tri-County Electric Cooperative’s retail member-customers’ monthly kilowatt-hour use. It represents the power supply costs as established by the cooperative in conjunction with Wolverine Power Cooperative. The factor is established annually, and reviewed monthly.

2)   Discuss elimination of provision for outage-related penalties, set by the State of Michigan to be paid to utility customers in case of power outages extending beyond pre-determined limits. While HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative has restored outages within those limits to date, the idea of one member-consumer paying more to subsidize another member-consumer receiving an outage penalty goes against the cooperative principles. Actual elimination of the provision would take place by vote of the members at the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting.

Notice of changes or additions to the cooperative’s rates or service rules shall be sent to all members, as required by P.A. 167, by publication in Michigan Country Lines at least 30 days prior to their effective date.

Participation: Any interested member may attend and participate. The location of the board meeting site is accessible, including handicapped parking. Persons needing any accommodation to participate should contact HomeWorks Tri-County Electric at 800-562-8232 a week in advance to request mobility, visual, hearing or other assistance. Comments may also be made before the meeting date by calling General Manager Mark Kappler at 517-647-1281, or by email at mkappler@homeworks.org.

Notice of the board meeting shall be sent to all members, as required by P.A. 167, by publication in Michigan Country Lines.

(as published in April, 2014, edition of Country Lines magazine)

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