By Valliant Corley
Pilot staff writer
PORT ORFORD - One of the three newly elected members of the Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative board kept insisting Friday that the co-op immediately give a rate reduction to its members. That came following a presentation that showed the co-op currently with $1 million more than budgeted for this year.
andquot;We're doing good right now, so let's give some back,andquot; said John G. Herzog, who represents the Brookings-Harbor area on the board.
andquot;This is one of the good years. We've had some not so good,andquot; Chief Financial Officer Doyle F. Eden said after giving the monthly financial presentation.
andquot;After seeing our financials, we had issues with our rates and stuff,andquot; Herzog said. andquot;I think we should address this today.andquot;
Chairman Daryl Robison, also a new board member, had earlier said that the board would be in a position by its November meeting to know if the money is there to reduce rates.
andquot;There's also a discussion of giving free kilowatt hours (to members) instead of reducing rates,andquot; Robison said.
Board Vice President Grant Combs, of Myrtle Point, said the board should first do better research on the effect a rate cut would have.
andquot;Will we do it in the budget for next year or do it for the rest of the year,andquot; Combs said.
andquot;We've been saying we're going to do it,andquot; Herzog said.
andquot;It has to be an orderly process where we take in all the factors,andquot; said Board Treasurer David G. Itzen, who also represents the Brookings-Harbor area.
andquot;I'm tired of orderly,andquot; Herzog replied.
He was asked what if costs go back up for the next year.
andquot;We can give it back and take it back later,andquot; Herzog said.
andquot;We have to wait and see,andquot; Itzen said.
General Manager Werner Buehler said the staff is working on a budget to give a rate reduction.
andquot;We're heading toward that policy,andquot; Buehler said. andquot;I support that 100 percent, but I won't support that without an orderly process. I don't want to go back next year and say we have to raise them.andquot;
Buehler said the co-op's staff would make a presentation by the November meeting when the budget is discussed.
andquot;It's not going to happen under my watch until we know the whole effect,andquot; Buehler said.
andquot;We're going to make a decision,andquot; said Gary Schlottman of Gold Beach, another of the new board members.
andquot;I know it's really frustrating,andquot; Itzen said. andquot;We're working toward what we are going to do.andquot;
andquot;I don't want Werner (Buehler) to think he's got all that money to spend,andquot; Herzog said. andquot;He's good at that. Look at all those (new) trucks out there,andquot; Herzog said pointing out the window.
Herzog, a UPS driver, said the cuts should be made now.
andquot;If it's in the truck, you deliver it that day,andquot; he said.
andquot;I'm putting on my black hat,andquot; Herzog said. andquot;It's black hat day.andquot;