YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.- Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) held their first open meeting on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in the boardroom of the Young Harris facility. Board members advised the public and the media of their policy for attending and presenting petitions at future meetings.
The policy establishes appropriate procedures to accommodate member requests to attend meetings and/or present information to the Board of Directors. Members must be in good standing and submit a written request of attendance at least 48 hours prior to the Board meeting, which will either be accepted or denied by BRMEMC. The Board of Directors reserves the right to determine the number of members allowed at meetings, giving consideration to available space, safety and security concerns and other issues deemed critical to the effective execution of the session. The cooperative explained they will take reasonable steps to notify members of request denials at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. The decision to allow or deny attendance by the Board of Directors for any reason is final. According to policy, the members must recognize they are observers only and must abide in good faith by the customary rules of decorum for professional meetings or risk removal from the session.
BRMEMC policy instructs members may not utilize any electronic devices to record, stream, post on social media or videotape the meetings unless expressly authorized by the Board of Directors at the beginning of the meeting. Written information and electronic communications will not be provided to members unless authorized by the Board of Directors on a case-by-case basis. The Board of Directors may make certain documents, such as the agenda, available to those in attendance via electronic media at the sole discretion of the Board.
Members may observe proceedings not otherwise considered privileged, confidential or of a personal nature. Such proceedings will be conducted in executive sessions according to policies approved by the Board of Directors.
A member in current good standing has the opportunity to make a reasonable request to present specific matters of concern, complaints and recommendations to the Board of Directors. If accepted to address, the Board will not respond to the issues directly during the meeting. An official response will be provided, in writing, by the general manager of the cooperative within ten business days of the presentation. Members are limited to three minutes of the Board of Directors time if their request is approved.
The member must complete, sign and submit a Petition to Present form which must be received by BRMEMC at least five days prior to the meeting. Members wishing to both attend and present at a Board Meeting must submit both the Intent to Attend and Petition to Present forms and be approved separately and governed under the specific provisions of each request.
Requests may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 706-379-4834, or by mail to attention of the executive assistant at 1360 Main St, Young Harris, GA 30582
BRMEMC is scheduled to meet for their second open session on Dec. 12, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the listed address.
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