Farmers RECC Annual Meeting 2017
Farmers RECC held their Annual Meeting on July 13, 2017 at the Cave City Convention Center and local gospel group, ‘The Childress-Rigdon Family,’ provided entertainment while members registered. After the presentation of colors by the Barren County Jr. ROTC, National Anthem, sung by ‘The Childress-Rigdon Family,’ and recognition of local veterans, the business meeting was called to order.
The state of the Cooperative was reported to the membership by Farmers RECC’s President and CEO, Bill Prather. Mr. Prather stated that the Cooperative returned more than $330,000 in capital credits to members in April 2017 and completed 2016 with no lost time accidents.
Mr. Prather also emphasized that Farmers RECC Management and employees had held expenses below budget. However, due to rising costs and continued investment in the electric system, a modest rate increase was requested and approved by the Kentucky Public Service Commission and went into effect on July 1, 2017. The 4.2% rate adjustment will increase the average monthly residential bill by $4.49. This is the Cooperative’s first general base rate increase in eight years.
Mr. Prather also shared the excellent safety record at Farmers RECC and praised the professionalism of the employees. The Cooperative has not experienced a lost-time accident since 2014, and recently earned its fifth Kentucky Governor’s Health and Safety Award. He also explained that the Cooperative would soon provide members with the option of texting outage information and also stated that the Cooperative Solar project will begin generating electricity later in 2017.
After the business meeting, Farmers RECC’s Washington Youth Tour students were recognized. Each year, Farmers RECC sends three deserving high school juniors to Washington D.C. to visit U.S. congressional members, energy and grassroots government education sessions and go sightseeing in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Washington Youth Tour delegates were: Casey Lile, daughter of Benny and Chrystal Lile, Hardyville; MaKenna Hatfield, daughter of Kenneth and Julie Hatfield, Glasgow and Alyia Maulden, daughter of Adam and the late Anita Maulden, and Dana Maulden, Cave City.
Seven Farmers RECC Scholarships were awarded to students via random drawing. They were: Bailey Hatfield, daughter of Kenneth and Julie Hatfield of Glasgow; Julie LaCount, daughter of Randy LaCount and Tricia Turcotte of Glasgow; Wyatt Duncan, son of Kevin and Robin Duncan of Glasgow; Chelsea Hatcher, daughter of Jeff and Debbie Hatcher of Cave City; MeKenzie Ballard, daughter of Joe and Cathy Ballard of Cub Run; Harley Hawkins, daughter of Harvey and Lynn Hawkins of Gascon; and Meagan Wilson, daughter of Allen and Tina Wilson of Edmonton.
Several prizes were also awarded to members and featured entertainment was the ‘The Sneed Family’.