January 2015

Best wishes to you and your family in 2015. The staff at SEMO Electric Cooperative appreciates the opportunity to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to your home, farm and/or business. As a nonprofit co-op, our daily goal for 2015 will continue to be to work safe, be tidy and be prudent in serving you – the co-op’s member-owners. Thank you.

Safety

SEMO employees – Team SEMO – have worked the past 12 months with zero lost time accidents. The “zero” is significant. Zero means Team SEMO didn’t miss a day of work because of unsafe acts. Zero means daughters, sons, moms, dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents made it home safely at the end of each day. Safety is SEMO’s first job and will continue to be in 2015. If you see a member of Team SEMO, tell them “thanks for working safe.”  

Property Taxes

SEMO’s property taxes for 2104 totaled nearly $550,000, up about $20,000 over last year. Since the co-op has 2,600 miles of power lines, property taxes equate to about $211 per mile of line.

Tree Trimming

On the back page of this newsletter is an article about tree trimming and vegetation management. SEMO must trim trees and manage vegetation. Otherwise, we jeopardize the ability to deliver safe and reliable electricity. In 2014, Mother Nature created a tremendous growing season for weeds, vines and other vegetation. If we farmed vines, yields would have been significant. In 2015, SEMO will invest $1.5 million to trim trees and manage vines as we keep the lights on 24/7/365.

Building Improvements

During the next 12 months, SEMO will make safety and security enhancements to our facilities in Bloomfield and Sikeston. We will update our facilities to create an environment that is open to member-owners, but secure for Team SEMO and help the co-op mitigate risk. Recently, we updated the co-op’s surveillance system to keep a better eye on the co-op’s assets.

Sean’s Shout-outs

Shout-outs to the volunteers for the Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner based at the Sikeston VFW. The event provided hearty Thanksgiving meals for approximately 700 individuals. SEMO played a small part as Team SEMO donated more than 100 food items and my family spent a few hours on Thanksgiving Day preparing and delivering meals to area residents. It was blessing to help. Thanks again to those who made it possible. Quick shout-outs to SEMO member-owners Harrison Beasley, Chris Kielhofner, Tanya and Brian Lane and LeRoy Davenport. Have a safe 2015! 

Be smart. Act safe.

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