About 54 people attended Alger Delta Cooperative’s annual meeting on June 18, where three directors were seated from district elections.
In districts 5 (Gourley/LaBranche/Cornell) and 8 (Nahma/Isabella), incumbents David Anthony and Raymond Young, respectively, ran unopposed and were re-elected. Anthony is a former state legislator, works for the Hannahville Tribal Administration, and owns several small businesses. Young is a retired educator and sits on the Garden Township Board.
Four candidates competed in District 7 (Stonington/Rapid River), with Sue Alexander, a retired Federal Forest Service employee, outpolling all others to take that seat.
Alger Delta’s auditor confirmed at the meeting that the co-op’s finances have improved greatly in the last few years. “Alger Delta Cooperative will soon distribute $380,000 in a capital credits retirement to members for the first time in 50 years,” said CEO Tom Harrell.
Harrell credited the turn-around to sound fiscal management, improved power supply, and reliability. He also commended those directors who, in 2010, made difficult decisions about the co-op’s rate structure. “It took courage for those board members to make difficult decisions, and the result speaks for itself,” he said.