The theme for this year’s meeting, “Together We Save,” highlighted the importance of energy efficiency. Members spoke with SMPA representatives about the programs the co-op has available to help make their homes and businesses more efficient, and took home useful items such as caulk, compact fluorescent light bulbs and energy efficiency kits.
No election was held for the director position in District Two, which includes part of the Town of Telluride, as incumbent candidate and current Board President Wes Perrin was the only candidate to turn in a valid nomination petition. Perrin, who will serve as the District Two representative for another four years, was first elected to San Miguel Power’s Board of Directors in 1999. He represents members in Telluride from Townsend Avenue, East of South Tomboy and North Davis Street.
During the meeting SMPA General Manager Kevin Ritter and Perrin reported on the co-op’s activities over the past year and its plans for the future. Perrin then held an interactive question and answer session, asking audience members to voice their opinions about energy conservation, renewable energy and costs.
Ritter reported on the cooperative’s achievements in 2010, including the new transmission line being built from Nucla to Telluride and automated metering. He also honored long-time employee Gary Miller, key accounts executive, who retires this month, after working at the cooperative for 34 years.
“Gary’s played many roles at the cooperative and has been helping us serve our members for more than three decades,” said Ritter. “We’ll miss his wealth of knowledge about the cooperative and our communities, but we wish him the best of luck in his retirement.”
All members who attended the business meeting were eligible for door prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000. The grand prize gift certificate valued at up to $1,000 for a Marathon Hot Water Heater (installation included) was won by Jenny Duffey of Mountain Village. SMPA held two special door- prize drawings for an Amazon Kindle for members who participate in the Green Cents round-up program and who are Facebook fans. Brad Zaporksi of Telluride won the Facebook door prize and Treavor LaBorde, Coal Creek Hydroelectric LLC of Telluride won the Green Cents door prize. SMPA also gave away the following door prizes.
$50 cash prize provided by ESC Engineering – Bob Saunders, Telluride
$150 grocery gift card – Richard Smith, Ouray
$150 worth of Night and Day Janitorial Services – Jim Link, Ouray
IPad II – Nelson Craig, Ouray
32” LED Television – Carla Spangler, Nucla
SMPA is a member-owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway. Its mission is to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing our members safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes. For more information visit www.smpa.com.