Director election notification
This is to notify all Mountain Parks Electric, Inc. (“MPE”) Members that a director election is being prepared for Director District 1 and District 3. The election will take place at the Annual Meeting on the date and time indicated below. Directors serve a four-year term and are elected from specific geographic areas within MPE’s service territory. District 1 may be generally described as those portions of the Town of Fraser and surrounding area east of Highway 40 and also includes the northernmost portion of the Town of Winter Park east of Highway 40. District 3 consists of all of Jackson County and a portion of Larimer County. A map of the Director Districts is included in this notice. Please contact MPE to confirm which District you are eligible in.
Time, date & location of 2023 Annual Meeting
MPE’s 73rd Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2023 at Middle Park High School, 795 North 2nd Street in Granby, Colorado. Registration and breakfast will begin at 8 AM. The business session will begin at 9:15 AM. In-person balloting will be available during the business portion of the Annual Meeting for Members who have not voted by mail. Balloting will cease no earlier than ten minutes past the time the meeting is called to order.
How to become a candidate
To be eligible to become or remain a director, any Member in good standing of the Cooperative and who meets the qualifications of Bylaw Article IV, Section 3(a) and (b) is eligible to submit a nominating petition to become a candidate for the Board of Directors no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 15 qualified members of the Cooperative and submitted to the Cooperative accompanied by the supporting documents specified in Article IV Section 3(a) of MPE’s Bylaws.
Director Nomination Petitions are available at MPE’s offices in Granby and Walden and can also be mailed to candidates upon request. Any questions regarding election procedures can be directed to Mark Johnston or Rob Taylor by calling 970-887-3378.
In the case of a contested election, mail-in ballots will be mailed to Members in the corresponding contested election district. Ballots will be mailed no later than April 18, 2023. Members receiving a ballot can cast their ballots by return mail, by dropping off their ballots at MPE’s Granby or Walden office or by voting in person at the Annual Meeting. Mail-in ballots must be received by the Credentials Committee by May 10, 2023. Members voting by mail-in ballot will not be allowed to vote at the Annual Meeting.
Qualifications (from Article IV of MPE’s Bylaws)
Board Members Section 3 Qualifications
(a) Each candidate for election to the Board shall be a member of the Cooperative and shall have his/her “main home” in the District for and in which the election is to be held, (as the term “main home” is defined by the Internal Revenue Service), and who shall have furnished the Cooperative with a written statement telling why the member wishes to run for election and that the member, if elected, can and will attend all meetings of the Board, subject only to unforeseen conditions beyond the control of the member, and meets or will meet the qualifications set forth in subparagraph (b) below.
(b) To be eligible to become or remain Director, the person shall: (i) be a member of the Cooperative; (ii) receive electric service from the Cooperative at his or her “main home”; (iii) be able to actively participate in the management of the business and affairs of the Cooperative; (iv) not be employed by, substantially financially interested in, or represent the interests of a business in competition with the Cooperative; and (v) become NRECA certified as a director through course attendance within five (5) years of the election or appointment as a Director.
(i) No more than two (2) Directors (other than a publicly elected government official) shall be permitted to serve concurrently who are either employees of, serve as a Director or trustee of, or act as a consultant to, the same organization. Employee means employment for at least 20 hours per week for 20 consecutive weeks.
(ii) If a circumstance described in (i) arises after a Director is elected, the Director who obtains a relationship with an organization subsequent to the formation of a relationship with an organization subsequent to the formation of a relationship by other Directors shall be disqualified from serving.