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Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association / First yearbook, 1938
(1938)

Curtin, Gene
Report of board of directors of the Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative Association,   pp. 7-11 PDF (1.2 MB)


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WISCONSIN RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
serve about 12,000 rural families and was larger than the entire last
20-year program of a utility in Wisconsin which was supposed to be a
pioneer in rural electrification.
     A Committee was drafted at this meeting for the prime purpose of
drawing up resolutions, to be presented to the Legislature, for the pro-
tection of rural electric cooperatives.
    The following resolution was one of several passed at the group
meeting on November 6, 1936:
     WHEREAS, the office of the Wisconsin Rural Electric Cooperative
Association was created in April, 1936; and
    WHEREAS, since the creation of said office more than 25,000 farmers
have signed Consumer Requests as part of forty-one cooperative projects
formed to render electric service under the program of the Rural Electri-
fication Administration; and
    WHEREAS, during the progress of said work it has become apparent
that there are many matters of legislative concern vitally affecting this
program which would need the attention of those interested in its preser-
vation and future growth; and
    WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Wisconsin will soon convene
to-wit, on the first Monday in January, 1937; and
    WHEREAS, it is the purpose of the Rural Electrification Coordination
to act as a coordinating agency between the farmers of this state and the
Rural Electrification Administration at Washington, and to assist and
promote a wider use of rural electrification in Wisconsin;
    Now THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the WISCONSIN RURAL ELECTRIC
COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION at a meeting held on the 6th day of November,
1936, that a committee of three (3) members be appointed to cooperate
with a committee of two (2) members from the office of the Rural Electri-
fication Coordination to the end that there may be presented to the Legis-
lature of Wisconsin and the Congress of the United States, such legislation
as may be necessary to protect the interest of the rural electric coopera-
tives and thus obtain for such cooperatives the same rights, benefits and
privileges as are now enjoyed by the privately owned utilities of the state,
and to advocate such further legislation as may be necessary and advisable
to promote the future needs of the farmers of this state to the end that
there
may be a fuller and wider use of electricity on Wisconsin farms."
    At the Executive Committee Meeting of November 25, 1936, the new
form of 4% engineering contract was introduced to include administrative
supervision as well as engineering service. This had been approved by
the Rural Electrification Administration. A motion was passed whereby
all members of the Statewide and any other parties for whom the associa-
tion performed engineering services, in aid of constructing rural electric
lines, be requested to execute the new 4% contract. Furthermore, that any
member who at that time had a contract for services with Statewide be
asked to cancel said contract and substitute the new form in its place,
after being given credit for all payments (under the old contracts) upon
the new contract.
    Mr. J. A. Becker, Director of Rural Electrification Coordination, spoke
to the Statewide Board on February 5, 1937. He reported that a bill had
been introduced to give a Cooperative which incorporates and files a
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