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Annual Meeting News: New Director, Bylaw Revisions

After ballots were tallied and bylaw revisions approved at the St. Croix Electric Cooperative 82nd Annual Meeting held April 13, the co-op has a new face on the Board of Directors and new procedures and possibilities for selecting future director candidates. 
Director Elections
Douglas Faber of Wilson will fill the remaining two years left in the District 8 Director term formerly held by Derrick Oberle, who resigned the end of 2018 after being re-elected last spring to his fourth term. Faber, who challenged Oberle last spring, this year appeared on the ballot with Joe Draxler (Town of Glenwood). 
“I would like to thank the voters for their support,” Douglas said following his first board meeting, which was held Monday, May 6. “I look forward to director training and learning more about the co-op.”
Faber, who has lived in the area all his life and is a graduate of Spring Valley High School, became an SCEC member in 1993. He currently lives in the Town of Cady with Louanne Anderson; and he has four children: D.J. Faber, Carrie Poehls, Katie Faber and Jeremy Faber.
The three SCEC Director incumbents whose terms were up in 2019 ran unopposed on the ballot, and all were elected to another three year term: Neil Plourde, District 1; Paul Nyhus, District 4; and Fran Klatt, District 7.
Bylaw Revisions
The group of three Bylaw Revisions approved by members attending the meeting related to Electronic Voting, the Nomination Process and Uncontested Races. 

  • Electronic Voting: The Additions and Amendments to Article IV, Section 6; Article V, Section 4(b)(ii) and Article V, Section 4(c) ALLOW for (but do NOT require) electronic voting where mail ballots are permitted, including (but not limited to) election of directors. The Board will have to decide in each case whether or not to allow electronic voting, and can limit absentee voting to mail ballots or allow both mail and electronic voting. By law, before allowing electronic voting in any case the Board would have to make sure authentication procedures are in place to ensure that the member is actually the one submitting the electronic vote.
  • Nomination Process: The Amendment of Article, Section 4 relies on petitions for nominations for director; a Nominating Committee would only be appointed and convened if no petitions were filed for any district. Petitions require 10 members’ signatures and are intended to be the exclusive way for a candidate to get on the ballot. 
  • “With this change we will have a more efficient and effective process for producing nominees and better encourage member participation,” CEO Brian R. Zelenak said.
  • Elections: Uncontested Races: Amendments to Article V, Section 4(b) allow for a simplified election process in uncontested races. While the Board could choose to still mail ballots to members, it would also have the option of simply asking the members at the annual meeting to ratify the election of the candidate by unanimous consent or voice vote, to save time and expense.
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