June 30, 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 Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:38 pm.  Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert presided.  The meeting was also available on Webex.

         After the call to order, invocation, and establishing all members were present, Danielle LeClerc, NRECA's Field Representative for Newberry Electric, explained the NRECA 401-K Pension and the Retirement Security (RS) plans.

         Leann Hutto, Vice President of Human Resources, explained the employee benefits that Newberry Electric has to offer.

         Trustee Douglas Hipp made a motion to approve the Regular Board Meeting minutes from May 26, 2020 as emailed.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.

         Finance Committee Chairman John Nichols reported that the Finance Committee met on Monday, June 22, 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 stated that he did not have any Attorney Report at this time.          President and CEO G. Keith Avery reviewed his activity and meetings for the month.  He had a meeting with RDOF for the upcoming auction for fiber funds.

         President Avery reviewed in detail the financial and operational data for May 2020.  The amount of write offs for May is $3,607.89.  Trustee Craig Kesler 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. A 7-Eleven gas station is planned for the Industrial Park.  Zoom classes are still taking place for social distancing because of COVID-19.

         President Avery stated that the 2020 Budget revisions were to be reviewed, but he wanted everyone to bring their copy.  Trustee Hipp made a motion to review the budget next month when everyone will have their copy.  The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.

         President Avery presented more information on the Living Foundation Community Garden in Prosperity, SC.  After a brief discussion, Trustee Blake Brigman made a motion to donate $2500.00 to their project.  The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.

         Trustee Brigman presented information from Musgrove Mill Golf Club.  After much discussion, Trustee Kesler made a motion to purchase an individual membership instead of a corporate membership.  The motion was seconded and passed without opposition.

         The Trustees accepted as information the ECSC Board Meeting Highlights for June 2, 2020.

         The Trustees accepted as information the Central Electric Power Cooperative June M & ES Committee Meeting Report.

         The Trustees also accepted as information a report from NRECA about adjusting the 2020 Regional Meetings.

         An estimate was presented to the trustees from Visionaire Solutions for an air cleaner for the office.  This machine also can kill germs in the air.  After some discussion, a request was made to get another quote and compare them at the next meeting.

         President Avery presented a fiber update.  Funds collected from connections and non-member fees have totaled over $193,943.00.  To participate in the FCC auction for fiber funds, all trustees will need to provide an email address to be used during the process to apply.  These funds would help get fiber to the rural areas faster.

         There being no further business and without objections, Chairman Johnnie L. Dickert adjourned the June Regular Board Meeting at 9:20 pm.



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