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.
Respectfully, Jim Anderson, General Manager/CEO
You Spoke – We Listened!
After receiving input from our member-owners and after thoughtful consideration of the feedback received, the board of directors has decided against the opt-out provision. The Community Cents program will now be an opt-in program.
The intention of the board was to get the program up and running as fast as possible and to help make a difference for some of our members who need a hand up and not a handout. In retrospection of the decision that was originally made to opt all members in, on behalf of the Board we apologize.
The Community Cents Program is operated and funded independently from Jump River Cooperative. This program relies solely on the contributions from our member owners that have opted to have their bill rounded up. The average member will see about six dollars ($6.00) a year go toward this program.
The funds that are collected through this program may be applied for by members and nonprofit organizations in the JREC service territory.
The Community Cents board of directors is made up of one member from each district and will evaluate each application submitted. The information on the application is very in depth and is used by the board to reach a majority decision before funds, if any are dispersed.
The committee of district representatives will provide a report at each year’s annual meeting and a copy of the financials will be available.
Thank you for your input on this issue, we will continue to listen to our members.