Unconventional solutions for the REA

Al Teel talks to some REA members who came by the “Drive-by” annual meeting.

WHEATLAND –Wheatland Rural Electric Members (REA) were able to vote on by-laws and officers, just not in the normal fashion.
Last year’s annual REA meeting was canceled because of Covid and we couldn’t cancel it again,” explained Al Teel. “We were going to have a drive-in movie sort of deal at the 4-H building, but Mother Nature didn’t like that idea.”
He was referring to the record-breaking snow storm that hit the area the weekend before the meeting was originally planned, blocking roads and causing power outages across the county that kept the crew at the REA really busy for over a week. But with lineman working almost around the clock, all the homes on Wheatland REA’s power lines were restored by the evening of Mar. 21.
So plans for the annual meeting changed again. Members were asked to come by the REA office over two days and go through the “drive-thru” in the REA parking lot. At the first stop they registered for the meeting, got their ballot and by-laws, voucher for the health fair blood draw and a free meal catered by the Pie Tin. At the end of the parking lot was a ballot box. They also were entered in a drawing for door prizes donated by different businesses and suppliers.
“Actually, it went pretty darn good, we didn’t have any glitches,” said Teel. “We got a quorum. Incumbents were all re-elected and the By-laws passed by a landslide.”
Just another way folks are working around Covid-times to still get things accomplished for the good of the community.



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