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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 07:30

altWest 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.


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.

Friday, 19 April 2013 09:42

Members experiencing an outage can follow the outage numbers by county by clicking on the "Current Outages" tab at the top of the home page. During an extensive outage, that page will load as the home page.

Members can also follow the outage via a running commentary on our Facebook page. You can access WCE's Facebook page via our website and click on the Facebook link located on the left-hand side of hte page. Please DO NOT report a power outage on the Facebook page.

Members can report an outage in a variety of ways:

By phone -- Please dial 800-491-3803 (in-state toll-free) or 660-584-2131. Please make sure to have your map location number or your account number ready for the member service representative who takes your call. This nujmber is how we locate where you are and report that power is out at your location.

Online -- Outages may be reported on our website by clicking on the "Current Outages" tab at the top of the home page. During an extensive outage, that page will load as the home page. Please have your account number ready, as you will have to enter that number in order to report your outage online.

*Please remember that WCE's 1-800 number is an in-state toll-free number ONLY. If you are dialing in from out of state, or using a cell phone with an out-of-state area code, you will need to dial the local number 660-584-2131.

Thursday, 20 December 2012 16:24

Today’s high winds caused havoc, as power lines slapped into one another and swaying trees touched the power lines. The Cooperative’s aggressive tree trimming practices kept the outage numbers down from what they could have been. Blinking lights are actually a good thing. WCE's system has a safety feature built into the electric lines so that power blinks (momentarily shuts off) when something comes in contact with power lines. However, when that object meets the power line three times in succession or stays in contact with the line, the system “locks out,” creating a total power outage. Depending upon where along that power line the object touched, the outage might affect only one home or might interrupt power to multiple homes. Thank you to all our members for patience and understanding as our linemen work hard to restore power!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 16:21

Members can now use their cell phone or another medium to report power outages online. Here is the link:

You may also call to report outages at 660-584-2131 or 800-491-3803.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:42

Insulation, weatherstripping, caulking, new windows and furnaces all can keep the cold out — but at a price. Here are five simple ways to be comfortable, save energy dollars and not spend any money.

1.Take advantage of the winter sun – Open curtains and drapes on south-facing windows during the day to allow the sun’s rays to heat your house naturally. If those rays can hit a dark surface, all the better for absorbing some of the solar heat and radiating it back at night. Also at night, close the drapes and curtains you opened in the morning.

2. Set the thermometer as low as is comfortable – By dressing for the season with a sweater or heavier clothes, you can turn down the thermometer to a lower temperature. You can set back the temperature by 10 to 15 degrees at night for eight hours and save about 10 percent a year on heating and cooling. Each degree you set back saves about a percentage point in energy costs.

3. Reduce heat loss from the fireplace – Forget roasting chestnuts in the fireplace. Most of the heat from the wood you burn, plus some drawn from inside your house as well, goes up the chimney. In fact, unless you have a vent to bring outside air right to the fireplace, the cool air sucked in from the outside will flow down the chimney and turn on your gas furnace or electric baseboard heater thermostat. Specifically, here’s what the U.S. Department of Energy suggests for your fireplace:
  • Keep damper closed unless a fire is burning.
  • When using the fireplace, reduce heat loss by opening dampers in the bottom of the firebox or open the nearest window about 1 inch and close doors leading into the room.
  •Lower the thermostat to between 50 and 55 degrees.
  • If you never use the fireplace, plug and seal the chimney flue.
  • If you do use it, install tempered glass doors and a heat-air exchanger that blows warmed air back into the room.
  • Check the seal on the fireplace flue damper to make sure it’s as snug as possible.
  • Buy grates made of C-shaped metal tubes to draw cool room air into the fireplace and circulate warm air back into the room.
  • Add caulking around the hearth.

4. Lower the water heater temperature – Set it to 120 degrees and save 14 to 25 percent on your home’s energy bill.

5. Keep moisture in the house – A little humidity will make you feel warmer. It’s as simple as keeping a pan of water on the stove and watering indoor plants

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