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Central Florida Electric holds annual meeting

By Chris Rogers
Most of the morning was nice and cool as Central Florida Electric Cooperative (CFEC) held its annual meeting, Saturday, October 6. Members were greeted by Chiefland FFA students helping direct traffic. Members were immediately registered and given a gift bucket with lots of information and free goodies. The registration also entered each member in all of the early bird prizes and drawings throughout the morning.
Gainesville quartet “Reign Down” entertained the crowd as they mingled, visited, and checked out the various booths that were set up.
Dixie, Gilchrist, and Levy county Supervisors of Elections were on hand to answer questions and even register people to vote. There were refreshments and demonstrations available all morning.
CFEC had a question and answer booth set up, for members to voice concerns, and to ask questions about service, billing and equipment upgrades.
CFEC President, Barbara Townsend greeted everyone, First Baptist Church of Chiefland Senior pastor, Gordan Keller gave the invocation, and General Manager Denny George spoke briefly about current topics such as sub station upgrades. Mrs. Townsend and Mr. George also urged members to call the co-op with any and all concerns they may have. One topic that was brought up, that seems to be a rising concern, is solar farms. Mrs. Townsend really stressed to anyone considering to invest in a solar farm to do their homework, make sure the company they are planning to use will properly integrate the solar energy into the electrical grid, in the safest, most efficient way possible. Just as there are dangers of improperly using generators during a power outage, if not properly installed, there are equal dangers resulting from improperly installed solar panels.
A brief business meeting was held, where a few members asked questions. Board member election results were announced. District 2, Carl Roof and District 3, Tony Weeks ran unopposed. District 7 (Southern half of Dixie County) went to a vote with Kenneth O’Steen winning with 400 votes over Miles Andrews’ 225 votes.
Then the morning was rounded off with a total of 200 additional prizes being given away, including the final grand prize, which was $500 cash. CFEC, its employees and board members, as well as all of the student volunteers did a great job this year making the annual meeting a success.

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