2018 Meeting Recap
Cullman Electric Cooperative members and their guests enjoyed a morning of food, fun and entertainment — along with some important co-op business — during the 82nd Annual Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Northbrook Baptist Church.
Hundreds of members were lined up when registration opened at 8 a.m., and over the next three hours 1,382 co-op members registered, receiving a $15 bill credit for attending the meeting and entering the grand prize drawing for a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
A total of 6,477 co-op members — more than 19 percent of Cullman EC’s membership — voted in the board of trustees’ election. Phillip Garrison (District 1), Robert Tidwell (District 3) and Dr. Lisa Weeks (District 5) were re-elected to the board for three-year terms.
During the business meeting, CEO Tim Culpepper gave an update on the co-op, and recently retired CEO Grady Smith was honored for his years of service. Culpepper announced that beginning Oct. 1, 2018, TVA was implementing a 1.5 percent increase on wholesale electricity rates, and Cullman EC will increase its facilities charge for residential members $2 per month. Other general service or commercial rate classes will experience a similar increase in their fixed charges as well.
“While we are never happy to announce a pending rate increase, we are pleased that the sum of these two rate changes will increase the average co-op member’s power bill only a small amount,” Culpepper said. “The change in the fixed charges will allow us to continue to improve service to you, our owners, without borrowing the money to fund improvements.
“There are lots of changes on the horizon for the electric utility industry nationwide. That means that we are going to have to work harder and smarter to make sure that we are able to provide the kind of service you deserve. We want that service to be reliable, friendly and affordable.”
All members who registered and voted by mail or at the meeting were eligible for the drawing of 20 $100 bill credits. The winners were: James Berry, Jeff Trammell, Pete Anastasia, Rex Bailey, Derrick Lathem, Kay A. Cagle, Melanie Patterson, Joel Ferrell, James A Calvert, Chris A Nichols, Bobby Greene, J. V. Malcom, Sheila L. Terry, Jeffery W. Pendley, Lea R. Welborn, Jason Dunagan, Wanda White, Linda Lee, James R. Knight and Sandra B. Bolzle.
Among those who attended the meeting and registered for the grand prize, Dan and Brenda Scott were the luck winners of the 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Prior to the business session, students and parents from the Addison High School Marching Band prepared and served more than 2,300 hot dogs to those in attendance. Activities outside the church included inflatables, train rides, arts and crafts, free popcorn, children’s hard hats and a bucket truck photo booth. Inside, Cullman Regional hosted a free health fair, and southern gospel group Gold City entertained a large crowd.
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Save the date for 2019: Saturday, September 14th