SLEMCO awards car, scholarships
The 71st SLEMCO Annual Meeting turned out to be really great for grand prize winner B.G. Fontenot of Ville Platte.
“It’s been several years since I’ve attended a meeting. And, I’ve never won anything until now,” said Fontenot. He and his wife Linda chose the green Jeep Cherokee Laredo as their prize.
Earlier during the meeting, SLEMCO also awarded $40,000 in college scholarships to twenty students who will be attending college this fall. Winners included Lauren Gibson of Carencro, Mariah Courville of Basile, Annie Landry of Lafayette, Jared Morein of Ville Platte, Angela Olivier of Church Point, Lauren Albarado of Carencro, Hobie Artigue of Arnaudville, Kathryn Barry of Lafayette, Emily Finn of Basile, Jeb Stefan of Lafayette, Quinten Blanchette of Erath, Lindsey Duhon of Rayne, Casey-Lyn Bratcher of Church Point, Spencer Gaspard of Bunkie, Leah Williams of Duson, Kristin Arnold of Sunset, Casey Primeaux of Erath, Steven Menard of Eunice, Mandy Thibodeaux of Carencro and Terry Bearb, Jr. of Opelousas.
Additionally, Howard Young, Jr. of St. Landry Parish and David Simon of Vermilion Parish were re-elected without opposition to three year terms on the SLEMCO Board of Directors. Bill Huval of St. Martin Parish, incumbent director, faced Mickey Olivier, also of St. Martin Parish, in an election held during the meeting. Huval won the election by a vote of 673 to 122 and will serve a three year term on the SLEMCO board.
Board President Jerry Meaux of Lafayette spoke to the crowd, outlining how SLEMCO has invested $28.5 million in the last year to strengthen and improve the transmission and distribution components of the company to make sure that future growth in booming areas and power restoration after hurricanes and tornadoes will go as smoothly as possible. He also announced the construction of an $8 million transmission line that will provide high voltage power to a new southwest Eunice substation. Additionally, he updated the membership on the company’s automated meter reading program as he announced that 91% of all SLEMCO meters are read by automated equipment.
J.U. Gajan, SLEMCO’s general manager and chief executive officer, emphasized that while consumers throughout the region are having to dig deep into their pocketbooks to pay for higher priced food, fuel and other living expenses, their electric rates have not gone up. SLEMCO electric rates have remained among the lowest in the nation and are expected to remain stable for the foreseeable future due to long term fuel contracts with its power generator.