Press Release re: 2021 Annual Meeting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 2, 2021
FROM: Sarah Olson-McLaughlin, Office Manager
RE: Prairie Energy Cooperative Cancels In-Person June 2, 2021 Annual Meeting
Clarion, Iowa: The Board of Directors of Prairie Energy Cooperative (PECO), a member-owned electric utility serving north central Iowa, has changed how it will hold the Annual Meeting of its membership. In order to protect the members, communities, special guests, and staff to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, there will be no in-person meeting of the membership. The meeting had been scheduled for June 2, 2021.
PECO’s bylaws require a meeting of the membership in June and an election of the Board of Directors. For purposes of the election, PECO will hold a limited meeting on June 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Board elections will take place by mailed-in ballot only. Ballots will be sent to the membership on May 18, 2021. Ballots must be returned by 2:00 pm on June 2nd to be counted.
Each year, two or three of PECO’s seven board seats are up for election. In 2021, there are elections in District 1, 4 and 6. In District 1, Ted Hall is running unopposed; District 4 election has two choices, the incumbent, Scott Hasty will be challenged by Barb Moore; and in District 6, Josh Amonson is running unopposed.
In lieu of the traditional in-person gathering of the membership, a business meeting of limited scope will be held. The order of business will be limited to the election of Directors.
Since March 17, 2020, PECO has been implementing COVID-19 safety protocols to protect its workforce from the virus so that the cooperative is able to provide safe and reliable power at affordable rates. PECO’s office is closed to the general public. Services and staff remain available by phone and e-mail.
Prairie Energy Cooperative is a private, non-profit, independent electric utility, owned by the members it serves. Located in Clarion, Iowa, the cooperative serves over 3,150 member-consumers in parts of 11 counties and maintains over 2,000 miles of electrical distribution line in north central Iowa. PECO is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For more information visit https://www.prairieenergy.coop, find us on Facebook, or call 800-728-0013.