(NEWTON) Norris Electric Cooperative celebrated its 80th anniversary during the organization’s annual meeting of members this past Saturday (2/10/18) at Newton Community High School. During the meeting, members were provided results of the Board of Directors’ election and updated on the Cooperative’s finances, power supply, upgrades to its infrastructure, and more. The re-elected Directors were Gilbert Garbe of Dieterich, Gary Buser of Palestine, and Gordon McClure of Newton. The remaining seat was won by Scott Weiss of Sumner, beating out Dan Scherer of Bridgeport, who was honored with a plaque for his years of dedicated service on the Board. The Treasurer’s report indicated the Cooperative is in good financial condition, noting that the Co-op’s largest expense is wholesale power, which accounts for 63% of expenditures, however the Cooperative allocated $3,254,122 in capital credits to members and returned $1.6 million in capital credits from various years to members. It was noted that last summer, the Cooperative conducted a two-day strategic planning session to establish a long-range plan of goals and initiatives to analyze the headquarters facility and the distribution system to rebuild lines in the most crucial areas, while containing costs and keeping rates affordable. Norris Electric has not raised rates since 2014 and it was noted that no rate increase is planned in the foreseeable future. The Cooperative completed line clearance work last year, including 994 miles of tree trimming, which is one quarter of the Co-op’s system. The Cooperative serves more than 19,654 meters through over 4,094 miles of line in parts of Clark, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, and Wabash Counties. For more, go to www.norriselectric.com.