Pedernales Electric Cooperative will accept member comments via its website on proposed changes to the Cooperative’s Bylaws and Conflict of Interest policy. The comment period began Nov. 19 and will run through Dec. 9, 2013.
The proposed changes to PEC’s Bylaws include:
Revising the qualifications for eligibility to run for and serve on the PEC Board of Directors.
Calling for a committee of members to review and determine whether Director candidates meet qualifications, rather than having PEC management and directors serve those roles.
Providing new mechanisms for filling vacancies on the PEC Board.
The proposed changes to the Co-op’s Conflict of Interest policy will apply to both PEC’s Board and management. These changes include:
Clarifying what a potential conflict of interest is, and that potential conflict, not just actual conflicts, need to be disclosed under the policy.
Underscoring the legal duty of Directors to candidly provide information under the policy.
Changing the language of the required certification form to first-person, emphasizing that the official signing the form personally affirms its terms.
“The Co-op has an established tradition of soliciting and integrating feedback from our members,” said PEC Chief Executive Officer John D. Hewa. “We encourage our members to go to www.pec.coop/comments and offer their comments and suggestions on these proposed changes.”
Member comments and suggestions also were solicited during the Co-op’s 75 Days of Listening Tour this summer. The Board at its November meeting on Monday also heard a summary report on the Cooperative’s 75th anniversary events, and this week will receive a detailed report of all member comments and suggestions gathered during the tour and at PEC events.