Manager’s Message – June 2020, Annual Meeting Update

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Dear Members,

2020 has brought both challenges and opportunities for Benton REA. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to be more flexible in our operating procedures and in future Benton REA events. But we look forward with hope as we power on.

Annual Meeting Update

Our 2020 Annual Meeting is scheduled for July 18 in Prosser. The Benton REA bylaws state that a quorum of five members must be present to conduct the business portion of the annual meeting.

At this point, we are uncertain if we can host our annual meeting due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay home, stay healthy” proclamation extension. If we are able to proceed with the annual meeting, only a limited number of people will be allowed to attend. Sadly, we will not be able to offer our member appreciation meal and family activities at the annual meeting this year.

More information about the 2020 annual meeting will be announced in the July issue of Ruralite and on Benton REA’s social media channels.

COVID-19 Update

Benton REA has always placed the safety and health of our employees and members at the top of our priority list. For this reason, our Prosser and West Richland offices will remain closed to foot traffic until further notice. At this time, we cannot accept cash payments. However, there are many ways to pay your bill without coming to our offices, including online, by phone and by mail. Please call if you need more information about these convenient options.

Benton REA employees are maintaining social distancing, and taking extra precautions when working to respond to power outage calls and maintaining the electric system. Our PowerNET personnel are also still working to provide internet and technology services.

You may call Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to speak with a Benton REA employee about your account, payment options or your electric service needs. Our phone number is 509-786-2913 or 800-221-6987.

We appreciate your patience as we deal with these difficult circumstances. I apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of our temporary operating procedures that are necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be your electric energy provider, and we all look forward to better days as we all power on.

Cooperatively,

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Michael J. Bradshaw

General Manager

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