It is my privilege to give you the following update on the JREC and LCO easement negotiation.
As you are aware, JREC has been working hard to reach an agreement with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior-Chippewa Indians (LCO) regarding the ongoing easement situation. A mutually agreeable contract was signed on June 27 by the LCO Tribal Council and on July 3 by the JREC Board of Directors.
This contract is a major milestone since JREC first entered into the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the LCO and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in the late fall of 2017, wherein JREC, the LCO, and the BIA agreed to work together to resolve all easement issues. Since the MOU, we have worked our way through many issues and have now established through contract a path for finalizing all easement concerns--past, present, and future.
I will continue to update our member-owners through articles in the Wisconsin Cooperative Energy News magazine, JREC website, and on Facebook.