SDCEA holds board meeting in Westcliffe

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association held its’ monthly board meeting in Westcliffe March 21.

Working foreman Chad Lockhart answered questions about lineworkers’ safety procedures during the March 21 SDCEA board meeting at Cliff Lanes in Westcliffe.

“This was a great opportunity to hold a meeting in a convenient location for our Custer County members to drop in and learn about their electric cooperative.” Chairman Don Kaufman, who represents Custer County on the board of directors said. “We appreciated the input given and questions asked about our company’s operations by those attending. We will use that information to continue to improve service to our members.”

The business meeting included monthly reports from administrative, operations and finance departments, board member reports and a presentation on the cooperative’s strategic plan.

Custer County Commissioner Tom Flower spoke with the SDCEA board about the county enacting a Stage II fire ban and passed along other area information.

Representatives from the community also asked about SDCEA’s response to and communication regarding outages. Chief Operations Officer Pat Bernhardt explained SDCEA works as safely and as quickly as possible to restore power during an outage. SDCEA has undertaken an effort to improve outage communication, including the use of updates on Facebook and on the company website, He asked consumers to call SDCEA’s phone number to report an outage if one occurs.

Working foreman Chad Lockhart of Westcliffe demonstrated equipment linemen use when climbing electric poles for maintenance and repair work. He also discussed the safety procedures and skills necessary for linemen to successfully and safely do their jobs.

The day-long meeting was held at Cliff Lanes. All meetings are always open to the members of SDCEA. Monthly meetings are generally held at the SDCEA business office in Buena Vista. Meeting agendas and prior meeting minutes are posted on SDCEA’s website,

Board member Dan Daly presented SDCEA’s strategic plan.
Custer County Commissioner Tom Flower spoke with the board during the meeting.
SDCEA board members listened intently to a presentation during the meeting.