The Annual Meeting will be coming soon enough. That being said, the Annual Meeting has been set for March 19, 2014 at the VFW/Community Center in Mantador ND. As always the registration begins at 1:00 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 1:30 p.m. We will be sending out notices to each and every one on the system. We send a Newsletter each year and also an Annual Meeting Notice and Proxy to each membership. Please take time to read the newsletter as it does contain some important information.
Well, it sure has been COLD outside!! I hope that this ends soon & so do the field operators at SE H2o!! There is nothing worse than sub zero temps and little snow as the frost goes deeper into the ground and tends to be very hard on our pipelines! So far it has not been bad; there have been some breaks, but not as bad as expected... said as I knock on wood! I know there have been a number of people that have had to deal with frozen pipes and I hope that those issues have been resolved. Again we had some trouble with the Forbes Hill as the heaters in the substations could not keep up with the cold and wind. Mother Nature has her way with all the obstacles that we install to keep her out, but here's to hoping that too will come to an end.
Winter is a "catch up" time for our operators to do a lot of paperwork and more mapping of pipeline of the new additions to the system. Each year we add approximately 30 new users to the system and those, plus people who move, need to be added to the maps for future reference.
The new year starts off with a "slight" increase in the water rates. The Board and Staff work very diligently to keep costs down, but this year we saw too big of increases in chemicals, brass meter parts etc. to not raise the rates. All three systems, (SE - East, SE - Central(former Ransom/Sargent), and SE - West(former Dickey Rural) saw a .25/1,000 gallon increase this January billing. This is the first time since 2010 that any increase in the rates have happened so the Board and Staff are proud that they have been able to keep the rates fairly stable.