Advisory choice made to publish board expenses

Posted: Friday, May 07, 2010

Two members of the Homer Electric Association Board of Directors will keep their seats, with a third being replaced, following the end of the month-long election.

Results were tallied on Wednesday at the company's annual meeting at Kenai Central High School.

In District 1, Board President, Deb Debnam, of Sterling, who represents an area encompassing Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof; was reelected over Ken Heppner, also of Sterling, 1,215 to 592.

In District 3 -- an area that includes south Kasilof and the Kachemak Bay area -- Bill Fry, who ran unopposed, was also reelected with 1,350 votes.

Bill Warren, of Nikiski, will replace incumbent Tony Garcia, also of Nikiski, by a margin of 918 to 702 votes in District 3; which includes Kenai, Nikiski and parts of Kasilof and Soldotna.

During the new business portion of the meeting, an advisory motion was made from the floor calling for the monthly reporting of expenses incurred by the board of directors in the Kilowatt Courier newsletter and on HEA's web site.

The motion was approved by a majority of the members present, but is only advisory in nature and would require action from the board to be put in place.

The meeting drew a large crowd with approximately 500 people attending the event, according to HEA Spokesman Joe Gallagher.

The meeting also featured recognition of the winners of Homer Electric's Scholarship awards, Youth Rally selections and Safety Poster contest.

Scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to Lee Ann Magiera, KCHS; Jenna Jensen, Soldotna High; Denali Critchett, Homer High; William Johnson, adult category, Kenai Peninsula College; and Dennis Wade, adult category, Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College.

Youth Rally winners were Taylor Alexis VonHeeder, SoHi; and Cassie Sheridan, SoHi.

Safety Poster Contest winners were: Best Safety Message, Jaycie Calvert, third grade, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science; Most Creative, Gemma Burke, fourth grade, Connections Home-school Program; and Most Humorous, Maria Salzetti, third grade, Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science.

The main presentation given by HEA General Manger, Brad Janorschke, during the business portion of the meeting is available on the company's web site under the "Annual Meeting" tab.

Dante Petri can be reached at

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