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Telemarketers calling co-op member offering discounted rates break the rules

January 2017

There has been an uptick of phone calls from cooperative members reporting they have received phone calls from telemarketers asking about their electric bills. This is a violation of Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) rules regulating competitive retail electric service providers.

Some cooperative members report repeated calls. Others have been told they can choose their wholesale supplier.

These callers are offering short-term discounted rates and guaranteed savings if they switch wholesale electric providers.

Lifelike ‘reborns’ deliver joy to many

Rachel Smith’s little girl wanted a baby for Christmas. She found one of those lifelike dolls on-line. It looked very real in the picture, but when the much-anticipated bundle arrived, it did not look like the picture. So in February this year, Smith bought a kit and tried making one on her own.
“But that’s how I got into it,” Smith said. “I wanted to try, and my husband was very supportive. He told me to get one of the kits and try it. I think I’ve made 30 since that first one.” 

Member satisfaction scores continue to improve

Members of Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative who were surveyed in the spring collectively gave the cooperative its highest consumer satisfaction rating to date. 
The cooperative conducts consumer satisfaction surveys annually, using the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Market Research Services. A total of 432 members were surveyed in May by phone and online. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent. 

LMRE board re-elects officers

John Eaton of Huntington Township was re-elected president of the Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees at its meeting in August. This is Eaton’s fourth year serving as board president.
The board elects officers at its first meeting following the annual meeting. 
Eaton, who represents Huntington, Penfield, and Wellington townships in Lorain County as the cooperative’s District 4 trustee, has been a board member for 29 years. He was secretary for 14 years before becoming president in 2013. 

LMRE approves $18.4 million workplan

Includes new substation in Carlisle Twp., fiber-optic ring

Bright new faces help members save energy

Developing relationships with local businesses and members is a core part of Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative’s services. Its vision statement says the cooperative strives to provide members with “highly reliable electric service, superior customer service, and innovative energy solutions.” Finding the best talent to help a cooperative prosper and grow is a difficult yet vital challenge. 

Herrick Memorial Library hosts Touch-a-Truck

A Lorain-Medina People Fund grant helped Herrick Memorial Library of Wellington host its second annual Touch-a-Truck event in July at the Wellington Eagles, celebrating the end of a successful summer reading program. Lorain-Medina’s mechanic Tyler Honoshofsky helped show off the features of a bucket truck to families, and 13 vehicles were on display. Participants included Wellington Schools, the Wellington Fire District, South Lorain County Ambulance District, Wellington Implement, and Wellington Street Department. About 75 disregarded clouds and rain and attended the event.

LMRE GM takes aim at Clean Power Plan

Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative General Manager Markus Bryant took aim at President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) at the LMRE annual meeting in July at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington.                                                    
Bryant said the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) CPP is “bad public policy” and is “all pain for no gain.”

Retiring trustee Ken Diedrick honored

Retiring trustee Ken Diedrick drew a standing ovation from his fellow LMRE members at the annual meeting July 19 in recognition of his 36 years of service to the cooperative. 

Fox wins contested seat; Norris, Indoe re-elected to LMRE board

Kathleen Norton Fox of Carlisle Township won the District 3 seat in the 2016 Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees election. 
Fox, 58, defeated Michael Guarino, also of Carlisle Township, in the mail/electronic election, which saw 1,596 members cast ballots, representing about 12 percent of the total membership. The voter turnout is the second largest since the cooperative switched to a mail ballot in 2013 and 1,818 members cast votes. 

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