SHELBYVILLE —Shelby Electric Cooperative held its 75th annual member meeting Friday, June 14 at the Shelby County 4-H Fairgrounds, Shelbyville, where members were served a pork chop lunch, heard reports and elected members to the board of directors. Members also heard from State Senator Chapin Rose as he presented House Resolution 397 congratulating the cooperative on 75 years of service to its membership.
During the meeting members re-elected J. Mark Lash of Findlay and John M. Scott of Pana. Both men will serve a three year term.
In his report, Board Chairman Darrell Shumard of Stewardson spoke about the history of the cooperative. “I personally want to say thank you to those who have served on this Board and given their time and effort to serve this coop,” said Shumard. “Had it not been for their foresight and their hard work, this coop would not have seen the lights come on.”
President/CEO of Shelby Electric, Jim Coleman, informed members about improvements to the phone systems, and the availability of a new communications platform called SmarHub that allows members to use their smart phones and tablets to pay their electric and PWR-net bills. It will also allow members to look at their usage and learn ways to be more efficient. In the near future, it will allow members to inform the cooperative of service interruptions.
“We have increased our number of phone lines to help with excessive call volumes during storms,” said Coleman. “In addition, we are working on an outage map system that you’ll be able to view via the cooperative’s website, www.shelbyelectric.coop. That link will show where an outage is located, how many members are affected and when it has been restored. We hope to have this available soon.”
Coleman also spoke about the methods Shelby Electric Cooperative employs to ensure stability in its power supply.