Annual Meeting – Saturday April 27

Annual Meeting April 27The annual membership meeting of Lamar County Electric Cooperative Association will be held at Paris Junior High School, 2400 Jefferson Road in Paris, Saturday, April 27, 2019.

Registration opens at 9 a.m.  The business session will begin at 10 a.m. and includes any necessary reports of the officers, board members and committees, as well as the election of board members in Districts 2, 3 and 4, each for a three-year term.

A member who wishes to be elected to the cooperative’s board of directors must appear in person at the main office of the cooperative and fill out a nomination form not less than 60 days and no more than 90 days before the date of the annual meeting of the members at which board members are to be elected.

The following members have placed their names in nomination at the cooperative headquarters:

DISTRICT 2 Jeremy Hamil, 211 CR 34520, Sumner, TX 75486

DISTRICT 3 Harry Moore, 910 FM 1159, Clarksville, TX 75426

DISTRICT 4 James Floyd, 5639 FM 44, Annona, TX 75550

You do not have to be present at the meeting to vote in the director election.  Before the meeting, ballots will be mailed to members who reside in those districts.  If you reside in one of the districts having an election, you may either vote by mail or in person at the meeting.

Each member in attendance at the meeting will receive a registration gift, and a drawing for other prizes will be held.  You must be present at the time of the drawing to be eligible for other prizes.

Six $1,000 scholarships also will be awarded at the meeting.  Entries must be received at the cooperative office by 5 p.m. April 12.  To be eligible for a scholarship, a candidate:

  • Must live full time in a residence served by Lamar Electric; and
  • Be a graduating senior attending a high school or accredited Home Extended Studies program within the counties served by Lamar Electric.

We look forward to your attending.  Enjoy your annual meeting.

Poles To Be Inspected

Lamar Electric has hired a contractor to inspect and re-treat around 5,000 utility poles. Inspection is now complete in the northwest part of Lamar County. The contractor has now moved to areas in south Lamar County. They will be inspecting poles in Minter, Clardy, Slabtown and Taylor Town areas. The name of the contracted company is Osmose. Osmose will be on the properties of Lamar Electric members, digging around the poles checking for rotten poles. The Osmose crews will be wearing hard hats, reflective safety vests and may be riding ATVs or side by side vehicles. All vehicles will be marked with the Osmose company name. “We like to get in front of any issues that may occur during a storm or in the middle of the night.” stated Lamar Electric’s Operations Manager, Scott Sansom. “If we go ahead and detect the rotten poles now, we can replace them on a sunny day rather than less fortunate circumstances.” This also prevents Lamar Electric members from experiencing outages unnecessarily.

Checks Go Unclaimed

We are attempting to locate former and current members who have not cashed checks issued before March 2018. The checks are for deposits, final bill refunds, membership fees and/or capital credits. Many of these checks go unclaimed because members fail to provide us with a forwarding address. These checks were issued but not cashed or were returned to us by the postal service. If the checks are not claimed we will have to send the money to the state of Texas. If you see your name on this list or you are an heir to a person whose name on this list please call us as soon as possible at 903-784-4303.

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2019 Youth Tour Winners Announced

Each year, Lamar Electric Cooperative selects two high school students to attend an all-expenses-paid tour of Washington, D.C., which includes visiting the U.S. Capitol and meeting members of Congress. This year Lamar Electric has selected two winners: Damon Hall and Jaymee Blount. The students submitted an essay about circumstances where they demonstrated leadership skills. Many essays were submitted and only two were selected for this all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C.

To Learn More About The Youth Tour, Click Here.

Damon Hall

Jaymee Blount

Lamar Electric Sends Linemen To Assist In Hurricane Relief

The Florida panhandle has seen a large amount of destruction since the Category 4 Hurricane, named Michael, made landfall on Wednesday, October 10th. This is the first category 4 hurricane to strike the Florida Panhandle since records began in 1851. Nearly a dozen electric cooperatives in Florida, Alabama and Georgia are in the direct path of Hurricane Michael. Cooperative line crews from at least 14 states are mobilizing to support power restoration efforts in Michael’s impact zone. Lamar Electric Cooperative will be sending a crew of 7 men with two bucket trucks, a digger truck, ATVs for hauling material and a Skid Steer to aid in power restoration for the Florida Electric Cooperatives. While every one of Lamar Electric’s linemen were eager to help, some had to stay back to continue to maintain the electric lines here at home. Then Lamar Electric linemen that are heading to Florida are Scott Sansom, Drew Conder, Cory May, Dustin Dale, Caleb Walton, Ryan Dean and David Roberts.

There are over 800 rural electric cooperatives in the United States. There is a master mutual aid agreement every cooperative as agreed to assist their fellow co-ops in times of disaster. “In the past, many co-ops have come to the aid of Lamar Electric during ice storms; now we have the opportunity to return the favor.” said Lamar Electric General Manager, Jerry Williams.

The Lamar Electric crew left Thursday at 1PM and will be gone for 10-14 days working hard to restore power to the areas affected by Hurricane Michael. Updates on the crew’s progress will be provided, as possible, on Lamar Electric’s Facebook page.