Vermont Electric Cooperative, based in Johnson, announced at its annual meeting that all three incumbents will rejoin the board following the results of director elections. A total of 1,556 VEC members cast ballots for the annual election. Results for three director elections were announced on Saturday morning at the 76th annual meeting of the VEC membership which was attended by about 200 VEC members at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville.
Three positions on the VEC board of directors were up for election. In total, seven candidates vied for the director seats which each carry a four-year term.
In VEC’s District 3, incumbent Carol Maroni of Crafstbury was re-elected. Maroni received 373 votes, while Chuck Farrar received 122 votes and John Klar received 114 votes. Maroni represents members in the towns of Albany, Crafstbury, Glover, Greensboro, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Newport Town, Troy and Westfield.
Incumbent Mark Woodward of Johnson ran unopposed in District 4 and received 334 votes. Woodward represents VEC members in the towns of Bakersfield, Belvidere, Cambridge, Eden, Fairfax, Fletcher, Hyde Park, Johnson, Morristown, Stowe and Waterville.
In VEC’s District 5, incumbent Michelle DaVia of Westford won the election with 299 votes. Two other candidates ran for the seat with Caleb Elder receiving 207 votes and Andrew Doe receiving 97 votes. DaVia represents members in the towns of Bolton, Essex, Hinesburg, Huntington, Jericho, Milton, Richmond, Shelburne, Starksboro, St. George, Underhill, Westford and Williston.
In addition to receiving the election results, attendees heard reports from President Tom Bailey, Secretary Michelle DaVia, and CFO Mike Bursell who delivered a report on behalf of Treasurer John Ward. Presentations included highlights and challenges from the preceding year.
A main theme was the impact of the December 2013 ice storm, which resulted in the most expensive power restoration effort in VEC’s history. Bursell reported that FEMA support is expected to significantly reduce the burden of the $6.4 million storm to VEC. CEO Dave Hallquist delivered a presentation warning that with changing weather patterns the Co-op is preparing for the possibility of larger outage events, and encouraged members to take steps to prepare their households and businesses.