The petition process for election to the LaGrange County REMC board is underway. Two directors will be elected for a three-year term at the cooperative’s annual meeting in June. Any LaGrange County REMC member, subject to certain conditions, whose primary residence is in a district up for election may become a candidate.
The board is made up of seven directors who represent about 6,500 members within LaGrange County and areas bordering in Steuben, Noble, and Elkhart counties.
Director responsibilities include overseeing long-term financial planning and corporate objectives, strategic planning, governing rates and rules for service, operating philosophy and policy, operating budget, and the CEO evaluation.
The following districts are up for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting on June 9.
District 3: All of Bloomfield Township and the east portion of Clay Township, being all of Sections 1, 2, 11, 12, 14, 13, 23, 24, 26, 25, 35, 36. The northwest ¼ of Section 3, and the east ½ of Sections 10, 15, 22, 27, and 34. This district is currently being served by Jeff Hampshire.
District 4: The southwest portion of Clay Township, being Sections 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, and the west ½ of Sections 15, 22, 27, and 34. All of Eden and Clearspring townships; excluding Sections 25 and 36 Clearspring. All of Newbury, excluding Sections 1, 4, 12, and the north ½ of Section 9 being in District 1. Also including the Elkhart County Extension into Clinton Township, and the Noble County Extension into Elkhart and Orange townships. This district was served by Mark Bontrager (deceased).
Directors serve a three-year term and may be re-elected. Directors receive remuneration for their service on the board. They are expected to attend a monthly board meeting and stay abreast of issues facing the cooperative. Directors are highly encouraged to become a Certified Cooperative Director by taking a series of classes to learn about the electric industry, cooperatives, and related topics.
If you would like your name to be placed on the ballot or wish to have additional information, contact Mark Leu, CEO. At that time the qualifications needed to become a board of director will be reviewed with you and upon verification, you will be given a board of directors nomination packet. Fifty or more bona fide members must sign the nomination petition and it must be returned to the office for posting not less than 60 days prior to the meeting. Petitions must be turned in on or before April 10 to be certified.
Note: The district territories were restructured in 2016. District descriptions and a map can be found at lagrangeremc.com, “About us,” “Our governance.” Please refer to your property tax statement to find the township and section you reside in.