VERMONT ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC.
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
As required under the VEC Bylaws, notice of this meeting was sent to each Director by deposit in U.S. mail on September 24, 2014
CALL TO ORDER – AGENDA ITEM # 1
President Tom Bailey called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. in the Robert P. Northrop Boardroom at VEC offices in Johnson, Vermont. Present were Directors Dan Carswell (First Vice President), Michelle DaVia, Ken Hoeppner, Mitzi Johnson, George Lague, Carol Maroni (Second Vice President), Daniel Parsons, John Ward (Treasurer), Mark Woodward (Secretary), and Don Worth. Also present from VEC were CEO David Hallquist, CFO Michael Bursell, Manager of Corporate Services Liz Gamache, Safety & Security Manager John Varney, and Corporate Assistant Nina Russo-Sanchez.
SAFETY DRILL – AGENDA ITEM # 2
Safety & Security Manager John Varney shared a presentation on dealing with stress. He provided many concrete techniques to recognize and manage stressful events.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES – AGENDA ITEM # 3
President Bailey asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes of the regular monthly meeting held on August 26, 2014 included in the Board packet.
There was no discussion.
Hoeppner moved and Worth seconded:
That the minutes of the regular monthly meeting held on August 26, 2014 be approved.
The motion carried by unanimous vote.
MEMBER INPUT – AGENDA ITEM # 4
No members were present.
CEO SUMMARY – AGENDA ITEM # 5
Chief Executive Officer Dave Hallquist reported that VEC received a Service Excellence Award in Technology for the wattWATCHERS Plus application. The award recognizes achievement in completing innovative and creative projects. He commended the IT department for their excellent work.
Hallquist reported that he attended a meeting with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Vermont National Guard, Vermont Emergency Management, Vermont State Police, and Vermont Department of Public Service. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct an exercise to simulate complete loss of telecommunications with the Vermont electric utilities. Hallquist noted that this was our first ever such simulation and found it a useful learning experience.
Director Rich Westman joined the meeting.
A brief discussion ensued regarding whether radio communications are still being used. Hallquist noted that the old radio system has been replaced with a digital system. In addition, all linemen have iPhones and iPads.