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WATER GRAB NEWS

Channel 13 repot on Water Grab  

Sept 22 - Residents ask state Supreme Court to rule in Augustin Plains water grab case
092214-Writ


CONSULTING AUDIT ATTORNEY AND
BUY OUT CONTACT INFORMATION

Use either or both of the following secure email address to express any concerns or complaints about the SEC:

DIRECT EMAIL TO CITY OF SOCORRO:
City.Coop.Info@socorronm.gov

DIRECT EMAIL TO LAW FIRM AUDITING THE SEC: socorroreview@gmail.com

REGULAR MAIL ADDRESSES::

Smith-Christensen, LLP
ATTN: Socorro Electric Review
5970 Fairview Rd., Ste. 126
Charlotte, NC 28210

City of Socorro
ATTN: CITY.COOP.INFO
111 School of Mines Rd.
Socorro, NM 87801
Phone: (575) 835-0240

Flyer with auditor contact information

Click here for more Buyout information

OTHER COMPLAINTS

Report the conduct of an attorney at the Disciplinary Board of the NM Supreme Court Website- The form

Consumer complaints with the NM Attorney General - Utilities problems
Website - Form & instructions


NM Attorney General Open Meeting Act  

NM PRC (Public Regulation Commission) - Your rep is probably Ben L Hall.
Website  - Online Complaint Page
Please read instructions and FAQs
download a copy

Submit a complaint about Open Meetings and Inspection of Public Records Act or here

Contact Wiggins law firm
Letter to the editor Chieftain  
Letter to the editor Abq Journal  
Letter to the Informed Cynic  

Complaints to Agencies:
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  

MAGDALENA AND AREA NEWS

Oct. 16 -  Military study looks at area needs  (Chieftain)  [new]

August 26 -
Re: the CO2 pipeline proposed to cross Catron County. Representatives from Kinder Morgan will be hosting a series of public presentations that will provide a detailed overview of the Lobos Pipeline project, as well as address questions and concerns from the general public.

Tuesday, September 9
La Promesa Elementary School
898 HWY 304 Veguita, NM 6PM

Thursday, September 11 -
Quemado High School 3484 US HWY 60
Quemado, NM 6PM

August 21, 2014 - Water Grab Oral Argument hearing  

072514-Groundwater in SW (Colorado basin) disappearing  

072414-Augustin Plains submits new application (Cheiftain)     [new]

MORE >>


WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT

Report the conduct of an attorney at the Disciplinary Board of the NM Supreme Court Website- The form

Consumer complaints with the NM Attorney General - Utilities problems
Website - Form & instructions


NM Attorney General Open Meeting Act  

NM PRC (Public Regulation Commission) - Your rep is probably Ben L Hall.
Website  - Online Complaint Page
Please read instructions and FAQs
download a copy

Submit a complaint about Open Meetings and Inspection of Public Records Act or here

Contact Wiggins law firm
Letter to the editor Chieftain  
Letter to the editor Abq Journal  
Letter to the Informed Cynic  

Complaints to Agencies:
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  

CURRENT SEC NEWS AND REPORTS

Letter published in the Oct 30, 2014 Cheiftain  
Data table used questioning the SEC information

Oct. 29, 2014 - Board meeting:    Meeting Agenda.   

Videos:
SEC to provide power for the C02 pipeline.wmv
 (6min)
2015 Budget Discussion Part 1 of 2.wmv  (11min)
2015 Budget Discussion Part 2 of 2.wmv (11min)
(4% pay raise approved)
Medical Plan Discussion.wmv (6min)

Easy Money - payments on 9/12/14::
Wiggins law firm - $4509.25
Wilson Accountant - $10,876.85
Cordova PR firm - $1,845.75

October 24 - New webiste that may be of interest -
Electricity Local - links to Socorro statistics
 

And an interesting database of rates in NM that seem to contridictg those given by the Co-op.

Retorical Question - What district does the Co-op General manager live in? Anyhbody ever see him vote?

October billing insert explaining rate increase 

Oct. 17 - No quorum at the District 4 meeting. Usual general manager presentation followed. 57 needed - 23 registered.

District 4 meeting video  (3min)

October 17 - Comments on District 2 Meeting of Oct 11th   

A presentation at the district meetings by the General manager contains information about the Socorro buy-out of their portion of the Co-op.

Municipalities operating their own electric utilities is becoming more common. There is a special web page on the issue Here, and two articles form the NY Times on the subject:
NYT article     Privatge vs Government Utilities

Letter from Mayor Bahsker to Socorro Residents  
July 28, 2014 Letter from Mayor to SEC board  

Oct 16 - Due to lack of quorum at the District 2 meeting October 11, a new meeting will take place on Sat. Nov 8th. 1pm registration with 2pm business meeting.

October 16, - Not pleased with city utilities  (Chieftain)  

October 15, - No quorum at the District 1 meeting with only 21 registered and 59 needed.

District 1 meeting videos:
Meeting beings - no quorum
Socorro Buy-out Discussion part 1 of 2  (6min)
Socorro Buy-out Discusison part 2 of 2  (15min)

Oct 11 - District 2 Members Meeting - No Quorum.
Only 39 people registered and 59 needed for a quorum. Good informal meeting once the business meeting was closed.
Unapproved Nov 9, 2013 District 2 meeting minutes  


District 2 Meeting at Magdalena High School

Dist 2 Meeting Videos:
Meeting start and quorum count
  (15min)
Socorro City Buyout discussion  (5min)

October 6, 2014 Socorro City Council Meeting clip  

Proposed amendments to be presented at district meeting(s).pdf

Oct 4 - No quorum, no business meeting at Disctict 5.

District 5 Videos:
Part 1.wmv (10min)  Part 2.wmv (10min)
Part 3.wmv
(8min)    Part 4.wmv (3min)
Part 5.wmv (3min)    Paft 6.wmv (8min)

Part 7.wmv (10min)

Related documents: Sept 15th Socorro City Council
meeting SEC comments (Pg 4
)

2013 Minutes presented for approval - no quorum therefore no votes  

Oct 2 - SEC shouldn’t be priority for city
Oct 2 - Co-op OKs added charge

Sept 25 - Wednesday night board meeting videos:

Public Comments:
Santos Aragon - 5min
Marie Watkins - 1min

Below is a letter to the editor (not posted on “Chieftain” website).
SEC should reschedule meeting  

This letter addresses the “plan to kill quorum” selection of date and location for the District 2 meeting. District 2 trustee Charlie Wagner’s selection of date and location was ignored and the majority (Wade, Cordova & Dorough) selected and voted in a date that they knew would cause attendance problems. This decision would have been pre-planned before the board meeting. Hey, they did the same thing in 2013!  Remember the Alamo election!

This Wednesday, September 24, 2014 is the date of the regular monthly meeting of the SEC Board of Trustees. Agenda below which will have a discussion on the proposed changes to Scholarships, which caused a bit of controversy at last month’s meeting. Draft policy below.

Sept 24th Board Agenda  
Draft Foundation Policy for board discussion

Year-to-date lawyer and accountant costs:
Wiggins: $ 82,837
Bryce Wilson: 107,957

Sept 17 - Socorro Mayor Ravi Bhasker said during the Monday city council meeting the city is looking at what it would cost to acquire the Socorro Electric Cooperative within the municipal limits. More here  

Sept 7 - This coming Saturday, September 13, 2014, is the date of the Pietown Festival   which is always a lot of fun. This year the SEC Reform Group will have a table set up to provide information on the activities of the SEC including the proposed takeover by the City of Socorro, the ongoing recall petition for the District 5 trustee with copies of the petition available for signing, contact information for the law firm that is conducting an investigation into all facets of the SEC – board, management, etc. Additional help to man the table is welcome.

Please stop by. As owner/members, you have rights and responsibilities to monitor the activities of your electricity provider. And the pie is wonderful!

The following is the link to the “Chieftain” article of Sept 3, 2014. Nice to see a thorough coverage of monthly SEC Board of Trustee meeting. Note that once again the trustees are setting the place and date for the District II Members Meeting ignoring the wishes of Trustee Wagner and District II members. Last year the board set the place for the meeting and election at the Alamo Reservation in an attempt to stop the re-election of Wagner. Alamo has the lowest member population in the district and is also the most remote from the larger population centers. People came out anyway and re-elected Wagner by 70%. This year the date set by the board is also that of Socorro Fest, Alamo Indian Days, Balloon Fest and October Fest. Gee, does the board majority think the members are stupid?

Sept 4 - Document sent from Socorro City to Christensen lawfirm on issues with the SEC  (658 pages)   (Large 58MB file) Data included 6 videos from this website.

 


 

 

 

NEXT REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Next Meeting TBA
310 Abeyta Ave. NE. Socorro
(Across from the DAV Hall) Map
Oct 29th Agenda  
SEC Website
Find your district  
District Meetings List
2015 Youth Tour Notice  

2014 DISTRICT MEETINGS

Next meeting:
District II - Sat. Nov 8th (re-do of the meeting)
Magdalena High School
Register 1-2PM, then business meeting
Letter from Dist.2 Trustee Charlie Wagner
   

District I - Tues. Oct. 14, Las Nutrias Senor Center Register 5-7pm, then business meeting

District II - Sat. Oct. 11 Magdalena High School
Register 1-3PM, then business meeting
District 2 notice   Letter from District 2 Trustee Charlie Wagner
    No Quorum. Dist. 2 will meet again Sat. Nov 8th. 1pm registration with 2pm business meeting.

District III - Sat. Nov, 15 Finley Gym
Register 1-3PM, then business meeting

District IV - Fri., Oct. 17 San Antonio Elementary School Register 4-6pm, then business meeting.

District V - Sat. Oct. 4, 2014, Datil Elementary School Register 1-3PM, then business meeting
District 5 Recall Petition No Quorum

2014 - District Meeting List

Recent meeting agendas and minutes:

Oct 29th Agenda  
July 23 - Meeting Minutes  
August 27 - Board Agenda
Sept 24 - Board Agenda  

CO-OP INFORMATION

GPS Mapping of SEC Territory 
2012 Satisfaction Survey
Map of New Districts
Current 2012 By-laws  
Current Board members
Right so inspect public records
Youth Tour NRECA program
SEC Youth Tour Contest winners  
Seven Principles of Co-ops
Nat'l Rural Electric Co-op Association
NM Rural Electric Co-ops  
New Mexico RUS
NM Rural Electric Coop Act [2013]   
Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)  
Electricity Local - with Socorro info.

Robers Rules of Order website  

Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) 
Energy Efficiency & Conserv. Program
New Mexico Court Case Lookup
Enchantment Magazine  

Recent payments to outside consutants

Wiggins lawfirm - 2014
Jan - $21,458.56    
Feb - $12,498.76
Mar - $16,154.77
Apr - $7,438.05
May - $11,901.14 (Includes Annual Meeting)
June - $2,954.84
July - $5,093.48
Aug - 5,341.01
Sep - $4509.25
Years 2010 to end of 2013 at least $209,626.29

Bryce Wilson, Accountant - in 2014
Jan - $16,202.56   
Feb - $13,687.22   
Mar - $13,212.39
Apr - $11,335.74 (March 9-22)
May - $17,936.23 (3/30 to 5/13)
June - $14,289.60 (5/11 to 6/4)
July - $10,886.69 (6/15 - 7/3)
Aug - 10,410.27 (7/13 - 8/24)
Sept - 10876.85 (8/13/-8/;23)
At least $105,000 in 2013

Cordova PR Firm 2014
May - $2,889.00
June - $1,081.53
July - $3012.05

Aug - $1,471.25
Sep - $1,845.75
Cordova PR Firm billing in 2013  

Socorro/SEC Franchise Issue
Socorro Council Webcast  
City Council meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays at 111 School of Mines Road.
Latest Agenda: (Pending)
Special buy-out webpage click here
Latest news:

Sept 15th Socorro City Council
meeting SEC comments (Pg 4
)

Top 10 Lies about Municipalization

May 23 and June 5, 2014 Letters SEC to
Mayor

June 16 - Socorro resolution to: receive complaints about the SEC and investigate feasibility study  

June 14 - Email from Trustee Wagner to Mayor Bhasker re: June 16 council meeting  
Dec 16, 2013 City council minutes
 
Feb 3, 2014 City council minutes  
Docs. given to the council at 3/4/14 meeting
Socorro and SEC franchise agreement explained
 

Click here for more news and information.


TRUSTEE E-MAIL CONTACTS
(New district numbers)

WARNING... on the use of email addresses ending in @socorroelectric.com. These are reviewd by management staff, and saved. Never assume privacy.

District 1: Leo Cordova
district1@socorroelectric.com
District 2: Charlie Wagner
cawagner@gilanet.com (safe to use)
District 3: Melissa Amaro
districtthree@socorroelectric.com

District 4: Dave Wade
district4@socorroelectric.com
Distgroct 5: Anne Dorough -
district5@socorroelectric.com

District Meetings for 2014  
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

CO-OP IN THE NEWS

Oct 30 - SEC info may not be accurate
(letter- DChieftain)
 

Oct 2 - SEC shouldn’t be priority for city

Oct 2 - Co-op OKs added charge

Sept 17 - Council talks co-op appraisal
Sept 17. SEC should reschedule meeting  

More SEC Co-op News >>>
Wiggins, Lorna Wiggins, Wiggins

SEC COURT CASES INFORMATION

NM Statutes and Court Rules

No active cases. Links to previous cases at the top.


NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL NEWS


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