Tag Archives: Nick Galaday

The Sounding Board: WOEC Elections are Nigh!

In my headline I am referring to the two positions for Districts #2 and #5 on our Board of Directors at West Oregon Electric.  Nominations for these positions are being taken this month and the actual elections will take place at the WOEC annual meeting on Saturday, August 17th.   Important:  If voting by mail, please hold off doing so, at least through July; so, we can find worthy write-in candidates for these two positions.

Why is this so important?  Because it may turn out that replacing the entire Board of Directors might be the only way we can regain control of our electric co-op.

Unfortunately, it would take us over 3 years to elect a whole new Board.  So we must continue to try to get our current representatives to help us find a solution.  We can’t wait three years and I would prefer to not throw the baby out with the bath water.  This Board, even as presently constituted, is probably as capable as anyone we could find to replace them;  but they’ve gotten into some bad habits and simply refuse to acknowledge that our rates are unacceptable and that it’s their job to control them.   Rather than contrition all I’ve seen so far is denial and a measure of indignation. Read More

The Sounding Board: Are We Paying Too Much for Our Electrical Service?

This year we are paying WOEC 2.42 times as much to bring us our electricity than did the average Oregon electric co-op member in 2011!  Some of us have gathered together to try to do something about it.  When we combine our very high cost of electricity with our similarly high cost of sewer and water, our combined utility costs make living in Vernonia financially quite unattractive.  It’s easy to see why the value of our homes continues to fall while the housing market is making somewhat of a comeback elsewhere.  We absolutely must do something about our high utility costs if we expect Vernonia to grow and attract new investment. Read More