BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (April 23, 2018) -- The three newly elected Directors, Mike Williams, Dax Collins and Sophie Haywood, joined existing Board members for the April meeting at the Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC Monday evening.
The agenda included a Board resolution to allow management to facilitate the sale of .93 acres of UDWI-owned land to Crossroads Café. The owners of Crossroads approached UDWI to purchase the small piece of land, which is located adjacent the café, in order to secure enough space to update its current septic system to meet code requirements. UDWI expects the sale to be finalized within 30-60 days.
The Board is considering a temporary rental of the property located across from UDWI headquarters for the staging of equipment needed by road construction crews who will begin resurfacing the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge over White River on Route 54. Management is in the process of negotiating an acceptable rate with the State’s contractor.
Director of Member Services Kim Todd gave a recap of the April 14 Annual Meeting. This year’s member gathering was held at a savings of about $95,000 to the co-op. Todd reported that attendance was down at the meeting, but the elections saw a record number of votes with the addition of online and mail-in ballots. The total cost came in around $35,000 instead of the $130,000 spent last year because of the significant reductions in food, entertainment, giveaways, and personnel needed to staff the event.
“The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to allow members to vote and for UDWI to hold its annual business meeting, both of which we were able to do at a dramatically lower cost,” said CEO Doug Childs. “I want to applaud the staff for improving the election process and hosting a great event, while working to keep with our mission to reduce spending in all areas.”
The Board discussed the Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest forms for all Directors who will each be required to sign the form annually. All UDWI employees will also be given Code of Ethics forms to sign each year.
Directors were designated to serve on Board Committees for the year. Committees and members include:
Audit Committee: Dax Collins, Todd Carpenter, and David Burger
Budget Committee: Mike Williams, Dave Burger and Dax Collins
Bylaws & Policy Committee: Sophie Haywood, Ron Thompson, and Mike Williams
Equipment and Building Committee: Ron Thompson, John Royal and Jim Jackson,
Member Relations Committee: Sophie Haywood, John Royal, and David Burger
In addition, Todd Carpenter will serve as the UDWI Representative for the Hoosier Energy Board.
The next Board meeting will be held Monday, May 21, instead of the usual fourth Monday, which falls on Memorial Day.