Due to increased projections of attendance at Delta-Montrose Electric Association's annual meeting, the site of the event has been changed from the Hotchkiss Senior Center/Town Hall to Hotchkiss Memorial Hall at 175 N. 1st Street. Original projections, based on an average of previous years' attendance, put the number between 80 and 90 attendees.
The senior center accommodates 100-120.
"Recently, we increased our estimate to about 150," says DMEA communications specialist Alex Shelley. "The annual meeting is open to the public, and there's no RSVP process, so sometimes it's difficult to guesstimate the ultimate number."
Planners began to anticipate a larger turnout based upon a high number of member inquiries, board member concerns, and a particularly controversial tone to the board member election, which, as Shelley puts it, "... always brings 'em out."
DMEA officials agreed that it would be better to re-route members to Memorial Hall, which is only a block and a half away from the originally advertised location, than to have to turn people away in order to avoid violating safety codes at the senior center. Parking at Memorial Hall is limited, but the senior center lot will still be available and within walking distance. Shuttles may be provided for those with limited mobility.
Planners also decided to push the schedule back by a half hour in order to allow for the adjustment. Voters who had not submitted ballots by mail can still cast their ballot as early as 8 a.m., but the business meeting will begin at 10 a.m. rather than 9:30 a.m.
The meeting will include information, education and entertainment. The national anthem will be sung by Academy of Country Music "Best New Female Vocalist of the Year" nominee, singer-songwriter Beth Williams. A special 75th anniversary "Look Back" featuring Dorothy Dunfelder whose mother, Kate Tracy, was one of the original board members of the cooperative, then called the Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association, will follow. The core of the meeting will address the conditions and accomplishments of DMEA in 2012. Finally, former director of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and one of the nation's leading renewable energy analysts, Randy Udall, will speak about a promising new technology, coal mine methane harvesting. At the end of the meeting, DMEA expects to be able to announce the results of the 2013 board election.
All attendees will receive a commemorative 75th anniversary gold-rimmed coffee mug. Door prizes include iPad© tablets pre-loaded with DMEA's new SmartHub app which gives users instant access to paperless billing, accounts management and usage analysis which can help them save money on their electric bills.
"A last-minute location change always presents a challenge," says Shelley, "but being able to hold a meeting in which all interested members have the opportunity to hear and talk about the cooperative that they own will be worth it."blog comments powered by Disqus