West Central Electric members re-elected District 1 incumbent Max Swisegood and District 2 incumbent Stan Rhodes during the Aug. 2 annual meeting at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Sandra Streit was members’ choice for director in the newly-formed District 4.
Swisegood and Rhodes both ran unopossed. Streit (332), of Holden, defeated Darlene Buckstead (238), also of Holden.
Directors met immediately following the announcement of election results to elect officers for the coming year.
Densil Allen of Warrensburg, will take the helm as president. Clark Bredehoeft of Blackburn, will serve as vice president; Robert Simmons of Warrensburg will remain as secretary; Rhodes of Corder will remain as assistant secretary and Paul Nolte of Higginsville will remain as treasurer.
Board member Ronnie Steelman of Odessa did not run for re-election, as last year's redistricting eliminated his board position.
PROPOSED BYLAW AMENDMENTS
Members passed a bylaw amendment 444-138 regarding the election of former co-op employees to the board. The amendment proposed by the board of directors added language to the director qualifications that states no person shall be eligible to become a director if that person has been an employee of the cooperative within the past three years.
A second board proposal regarding district boundaries was defeated 431-145. Prior to the vote, several members participated in a discussion which included comments both in favor of and opposed to the amendment.
This proposal by the board adjusted district boundaries set last year in an amendment brought forth by petition and approved by the membership. The proposal would have set the boundaries between District 1 and District 2 at the Lafayette/Jackson county line. It would have also adjusted the number of directors from the districts, setting District 2 (which covers the entirety of Lafayette County) at three directors, and District 1 (which covers only the far eastern portion of Jackson County) at one director.
During the official business meeting, member Kathy Garver of Oak Grove proposed an amendment to be carried on the 2014 ballot. Garver proposed changing the portion of Article IV, Section 3, Qualifications to delete “a bona fide resident in the area served or to be served by the cooperative” and replace it with “to have continuous use of cooperative energy and service at their permanent, primary place of residence.”
Garver said she feels that board members should have to actually live on cooperative lines rather than just having services on cooperative lines.
Cooperative attorneys called for a vote by show of hands, and a majority of those present approved placing the issue on the 2014 ballot.
This issue would affect current board member Paul Nolte who moved his residence from his farm on WCE lines into the city limits of Higginsville. Nolte continues to maintain his farms and membership in the cooperative.