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Annual Meeting of Members

The next Annual Meeting of the members of Firelands Electric Cooperative will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Ashland University's Myers Convocation Center in Ashland, Ohio. Additional information about the meeting will be available later this spring.

Board of Trustee Elections

Starting in 2020, Firelands Electric will hold elections via mail and online ballot, rather than at the annual meeting. Board members for districts 1, 3, and 6 will be elected this year. A district map is available here.

Interested candidates are required to collect 20 member signatures from within their district and submit an election application. Petitions will be available at the Firelands Electric Cooperative office, located at 103 Industrial Drive, New London, on Jan. 30 and must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20. (Petitions for 2020 Trustee elections are now closed.)

New Election Procedures

Per new Code of Regulations amendments approved by the membership at last June’s annual meeting, Firelands Electric Cooperative’s election of trustees will be conducted by mail and online ballot this year. A third-party, independent service provider will manage the election, overseeing the online voting portal and print and mail ballots and receiving and tallying all votes.

Members will receive candidate biographies and a paper ballot in the mail at the end of April. Votes can be cast online via a secure link available at or by returning a completed paper ballot in the envelope provided. The account number on record, which is found on your printed or emailed monthly billing statement, will be required to cast your vote online.

Only original ballots will be accepted; no photocopies are permitted. If more than one ballot is submitted, or more than one voting method is used, the first ballot received by the independent service provider will be considered final.

Voting will open on Friday, May 1, and will close Wednesday, June 17, at 11:59 p.m. Paper ballots must be mailed to the independent service provider and cannot be accepted at the co-op office. Any ballots received by the independent service provider after the close of voting will not be counted, so please allow ample time for delivery if sending by mail.

Winners of the election will be announced at Firelands Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 20, at Ashland University’s Myers Convocation Center. Results will also be posted on the co-op’s website and published in Ohio Cooperative Living magazine.

What is expected of a Firelands Electric Trustee?

The Firelands Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees meets monthly to review the financial and operational data of your electric cooperative. Board members hear and discuss reports from the General Manager and department heads, as well as provide guidance for management decisions.

The duties of a Firelands Electric Trustee include:

  • attend all regular meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month; the Annual Meeting in June; and other state, regional, and national meetings and training sessions
  • hire a General Manager who is responsible for the operation of the cooperative
  • determine the cooperative's rate schedules and fees
  • approve major work plans for ongoing maintenance and improvement of the cooperative's distribution system, and approve the annual budget
  • approve contracts for financing, services, and power supply
  • monitor the financial condition of the cooperative and make decisions on budgets and capital credits

Representing your fellow members as a Firelands Electric Trustee is not an easy job. Trustees must be dedicated and committed to the cooperative and to the cooperative principles. Trustees must strive to do what is best for the cooperative and all of its members, which may conflict with the desires of individual members or special-interest groups. It is helpful to be familiar with using e-mail, as well as iPads or similar devices.

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