As directors of Lake Country Power, our board responsibility is to make sure co-op members and owners receive safe and reliable service. The number of kilowatts used or the number of services a member might own does not change the facilities charge or the energy rate. Each service is maintained and billed individually and is provided the same equal service.

When I became board president we reorganized into a committee structure. This brought the board closer to the overall activities of the organization. The committee structure has resulted in much improved communications within the organization. In addition, we have conducted member meetings throughout the service area to better communicate with members. We conducted 29 meetings last year and will complete 18 more during the first six months of 2013.

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We ended each meeting with a question-and-answer period, and all questions were answered before we closed the meeting. This activity has resulted in an increase in board expenses, though board members are not reimbursed for participation other than mileage. However, I think the increase is money well spent, and I will continue to encourage the additional activity.

We have been upfront and out front, taking full responsibility for our decisions, maintaining transparency and presenting members with facts about power usage and the rising cost of doing business. We have invested time and energy in long-term, sustainable solutions that benefit all members, and we will continue to do so.

Any member can run for the board. It's a democratic process. Yes, the directors receive compensation for their time. We have assets of $279 million, a budget of $79 million, and revenue of $81 million to oversee. I would ask: Does the membership want informed directors who are active and knowledgeable or would you settle for directors who rubber-stamp anything presented?

Jack Huhta

Gilbert

The writer is president of the Lake Country Power board of directors.