From the Boardroom – June 2022

by Dion Cooper, President & CEO

The Board of Directors held meetings on June 27 to conduct its regular monthly Board Meeting to discuss and review several agenda items. During the meetings, they approved the Minutes of the last Board meeting and accepted the reports of the Attorney, President and Vice Presidents. In addition, Southwest Arkansas Telecommunication & Technology also held a regular Board Meeting.

SWAECC Agenda Items Reviewed and Actions Taken

The President and Chairman were selected to serve as the ERMCO Voting Delegate and Alternate Voting Delegate, respectively, during the organization’s annual meeting.

The President reported that two applicants were selected to receive the Lineman Scholarship in 2022. They are William Zane Abney, a graduate of Ashdown High School, and Hayden Linville, a graduate of Nashville High School.

A presentation regarding the Cooperative’s Affirmative Action Program was accepted by the Board and the President and Chairman were authorized to sign all related documents associated with the Program.

The President reported on the Cooperative’s Investment Credit amount that appears on its Wholesale Power Bill from AECC.

The Board approved an increased annual fee named on its lease agreement with Amerigas Propane, L.P.

The Board selected the president and Board Chairman to serve as the Voting Delegate and Alternate Voting Delegate, respectively, for the Texas Electric Cooperative Annual and Special Meetings.

The Board reviewed and accepted updates made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement, Statement of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy, the Anti-Harassment Policy and the interconnection of Distributed Resources (IDR) Policy.

The Board authorized the September Regular Board Meeting date to be rescheduled for Thursday, September 22.

The Board approved 76 new member applications making the total number of members to date 18,814.

SWATT Agenda Items Reviewed and Actions Taken

The President presented several updates including future fiber installation, current pre-registrations for service and on general funding and grants. In addition, a report was given on the Annual Meeting of Diamond State Network.

The General Manager presented a report on future fiber installation and an update on the number of current connected customers.