EnerStar annual meeting is postponed

Special to The Prairie Press
Posted 3/23/20

EnerStar Electric Cooperative has postponed the cooperative’s March 28 annual membership meeting.

Angela Griffin, vice president of utility services, said concern regarding COVID-19 and …

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EnerStar annual meeting is postponed

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EnerStar Electric Cooperative has postponed the cooperative’s March 28 annual membership meeting.

Angela Griffin, vice president of utility services, said concern regarding COVID-19 and recommendations of the Center for Disease Control prompted the decision as way to help safeguard the health of members and employees

Last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) urged limits on gatherings of more than 250 people. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker followed by prohibiting crowds of more than 1,000 people gathering for the next 30 days. The attendance at EnerStar’s Annual Meeting is well above 250 people and has the potential to attract more than 1,000 people. In addition, the meeting was to be held at Crestwood School and schools across Illinois are closed.

Griffin said the election of the board of directors will proceed as scheduled. Members may vote the ballots previously mailed in three ways.

The preferred method is returning the ballot in the prepaid envelope that accompanied it. Mailed ballots must be received by Wednesday, March 26.

There are two options for hand-delivering ballots. Ballots in the sealed ballot envelope can be placed in EnerStar’s night deposit box before Friday, March 27. The ballot can also be brought to Crestwood School March 28, where the cooperative will have temporary facilities in the Crestwood parking lot. Drop off times are from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Election results will be announced shortly after.

“The cooperative will continue to monitor the situation to determine if the meeting can be rescheduled and held a later date,” said Griffin. “We will keep the membership informed of any additional decisions through our newsletter, website, social media channels and local media.”   

In addition to postponing the annual meeting, EnerStar has closed the lobby of the Paris office. The co-op has instituted several measures to safeguard employees against any potential illness. This includes some employees working off-site and canceling all non-essential business travel.

“In these uncertain times, EnerStar Electric Cooperative has two key priorities: Keeping the lights on and the safety of its membership and employees,” said EnerStar CEO Mike Clark. “If any of our members are facing a financial strain and paying the electric bill will create an additional hardship, call us. We can help with arrangements and other payment assistance. We are also waiving late fees so no need to worry about that. These are uncertain times, but we will all get through it together.”

Clark added one of the founding principles of EnerStar is concern for community and the co-op is taking measures to help those who might be financially impacted due to COVID-19.

“EnerStar will continue to provide the quality service that our members expect, and we want to assure them that we continue to look for ways that we can support them at this time,” said Clark.