Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative will introduce its new community solar program at its annual meeting and family fun day Tuesday, July 18, at the Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington.
Construction of the cooperative’s 228-panel solar array was completed last month and energized July 6.
Members will be able to purchase the output of up to five panels at the event. Presentations outlining the cooperative’s OurSolar program will be given at 2 and 4 p.m.
The event is open to cooperative members and their families. The day’s activities will begin at 1 p.m. when registration opens. Members received an annual meeting registration card with their July bill. They must take that perforated card to the meeting in order to register and receive a gift from the cooperative. All children will receive a sticker upon registration in order to participate in youth activities.
Children’s activities will include bounce houses, COSI exhibits, a petting zoo, an electric safety demonstration by LMRE linemen, face painting and a photo booth from 1-6 p.m. There also will be wellness displays and member business displays. A free dinner will be served from 4-6 p.m.
The 81st annual business meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature reports from LMRE general manager Markus Bryant, board president John Eaton, and People Fund chairman Joe Swinko.
Voting for three seats on the board of trustees and three code of regulations amendments dealing with patronage capital credits will close at 11:59 a.m. Friday, July 14. All members received mail ballots in mid-June. Members can vote by mail or online by accessing www.lmre.org.
The results of the election will be announced during the business meeting.
There is a contested election with two Sullivan Township residents for the cooperative’s District 7 seat in Ashland County, where Thomas Reisinger is challenging incumbent Brenda Wolfe. District 7 includes Clear Creek, Jackson, Orange, Sullivan, and Troy townships.
President Rodney “John” Eaton of Huntington Township and vice president Gary Rowland of Brighton Township are running unopposed for their respective three-year terms. Eaton represents Huntington, Penfield, and Wellington townships. Rowland serves Brighton and Rochester townships, plus Rochester Village in Lorain County; Ruggles Township in Ashland County; and Clarksfield, New London, and Wakeman townships in Huron County.
Lorain-Medina serves approximately 16,200 consumers in Lorain, Medina, Ashland, Huron, and Wayne counties.