April 2020 Board Meeting
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
April 27, 2020
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc. was held in the Newberry Electric Cooperative, Inc. Board Room located in Newberry County, State of South Carolina on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm. The meeting was also able to be viewed on Webex. Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert presided.
After the call to order, invocation, and establishing all members were present, Russ Rountree of McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks and Co. presented the yearly audit. Mr. Rountree stated that Newberry Electric had a clean opinion. He stated that his company never has a problem working with management or anyone involved when collecting information for the audit.
Trustee Craig Kesler made a motion to approve the Regular Board Meeting minutes from March 30, 2020 as emailed. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
Finance Committee Chairman John Nichols reported that the Finance Committee met on Monday, April 21, 2020. All members were present, and they are submitting the finance report as information. The consensus of the Board was to accept the report.
Attorney Thomas Pope did not have an Attorney Report.
President and CEO Avery reviewed his activity and meetings for the month. He also informed the Board that many boards are meeting by Webex. Very few boards are still meeting in person. At the next Managers Meeting, they will discuss when to open up offices again to the public.
President Avery reviewed in detail the financial and operational data for March 2020. The amount of write offs for March is $1,484.43. Trustee Hipp made a motion to accept this amount. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
President and CEO Avery reviewed the Engineering and Operations, Operational Support, and IT reports for the month. There is no in person training taking place at this time. There are 253 drops that are to be connected for Carolina Connect. COVID-19 has slowed down the connects.
President Avery referenced a memo from ECSC requesting personal donations to the “Team Graham” fundraiser. Because of COVID-19, the donations are to be mailed to the ECSC office in Cayce, SC. This was accepted as information.
Because of COVID-19, the 2020 Washington Youth Tour and the Youth Summit have been cancelled, but the Youth Summit will have a 2-day virtual event. Newberry Electric had selected 2 students for each event. After some discussion, Trustee Hawkins made a motion to present the Washington Youth Tour students a $2,000.00 scholarship to the school of their choice. The motion was seconded and passed without opposition. Trustee Hawkins also made a motion to present the Youth Summit students a $500.00 scholarship to the school of their choice. The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.
An email from Caroline Robinson was reviewed on the status of the ECSC Summer Conference. This was accepted as information.
The ECSC Board Meeting Highlights of the April 2, 2020 meeting was accepted as information.
The Central Electric Power Cooperative April FAR Committee Meeting Summary was accepted as information.
Since all in person meetings and classes have been cancelled through June 24, 2020, ECSC is interested in working with NRECA to offer select Trustee/Director classes on line. This was accepted as information.
President and CEO Avery reviewed a request from Ag in the Classroom. After some discussion, Trustee Lominick made a motion to be a Meal Sponsor. The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.
There being no further business and without objections, Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert adjourned the April 2020 Regular Board Meeting at 8:12 pm.