Recent Bylaw Revisions
Being a cooperative means being transparent.
Click the links below to view a PDF, download or print copies of our bylaws and articles of incorporation. Paper copies can be acquired by contacting the executive assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 356-4405.
Members can obtain a copy of the Cooperative's Form 990 upon written request by contacting the executive assistant at email@example.com or (701) 356-4405.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
Person with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_ filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.
Cass County Electric Cooperative respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the personal information that you share with us. Generally, you can browse through our website without giving us any information about yourself. When we do need your personal information to provide services that you request or when you choose to provide us with your personal information, this policy describes how we collect and use your personal information.
Online Personal Information is information about you that we collect in connection with providing a service to you, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, email address, a home, postal or other physical address, other contact information, title, gender, occupation, industry, personal interests or other information.
When you visit our website, information about your visit is automatically collected, including:
• The name of the Internet Service Provider and the Internet Protocol (IP) address used to access our website
• The date and time you accessed our website
• The pages you accessed while at our website
• The IP address of the web site from which you linked to our website
• The type of internet browser and operating system used to access our website
We will not disclose Online Personal Information about you except to:
• Comply with applicable law or legal process, or as otherwise required by our articles of incorporation, bylaws or governing law.
• Protect or defend the legal rights or property of Cass County Electric Cooperative.
• Act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety or property of users of Cass County Electric Cooperative services or members of the public.
Cass County Electric Cooperative collects Online Personal Information for purposes suitable or required for the carrying out of its business. Information about your visit to our website that is automatically collected is used to help improve the site, analyze trends, and administer the site. Without your consent, Cass County Electric Cooperative will not sell, rent, loan, exchange your Online Personal Information or, except as otherwise authorized, release your Online Personal Information to non-affiliated third parties without your consent.
"Cookies" can be used to automatically log you into your account information. A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard disk by a Web server. Cookies contain information that can later be read by a web server that issued the cookie to you. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
Your Cass County Electric Cooperative account information is password-protected for your privacy and security. Cass County Electric Cooperative safeguards the security of your data with technical, physical and administrative safeguards. In certain areas of our websites, Cass County Electric Cooperative uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to enhance the security of data transmissions. While we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure the security of the information you transmit to us, and so we urge you to take every precaution to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. Change your passwords often, use a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure browser.
Our website does not target and is not intended to attract children under the age of 13. Cass County Electric Cooperative does not knowingly solicit personal information from children under the age of 13 or send them requests for personal information.
Cass County Electric Cooperative will amend this policy from time to time. If we make any substantial changes in the way we use your personal information we will make that information available by posting a notice on this site.
If you have questions or concerns about our collection, use, or disclosure of your personal information, please email us at email@example.com
We encourage members to contact us with any questions or concerns.
The mission of Cass County Electric Cooperative is to serve our members’ energy needs with affordable and reliable electricity.
The cooperative has always made an effort to be completely open and transparent at all times with our consumer-members and to be sensitive and responsive to their needs and concerns. Board policies covering requests for cooperative information (Policy 113) and requests for an audience with the board of directors (Policy 114).
- Members will be readily provided information which directly affects their involvement in and patronage of the cooperative such as rate schedules, service rules and regulations, Articles of Incorporation, the bylaws, published policies, operating statistics, member publications, their billing history, etc. If they have questions about any of this, they will be promptly answered.
- Other information will be provided except that which is confidential or private information concerning the individuals employed by the cooperative.
- Information which is of a confidential corporate nature will not be provided to the membership.
- The members will be afforded every opportunity to meet with the President/CEO and/or his/her staff or other employees to resolve any concerns or problems.
- If the member or members feel after such a meeting they would like to meet with the board of directors to discuss such concerns or problems, they will be provided the opportunity to do so, after which the board will proceed with its meeting agenda. If the group is large, they may be requested to limit the group to a representative number.
- Either the President/CEO or the board chairman will advise the member or members of the decision or action of the board if the matter requires this.
RESPONSIBILITY: The President/CEO shall see that every effort is made to satisfy the needs and concerns of the members. After that, if a meeting with the board is requested, it shall be scheduled at the beginning of the next board meeting.
The Board of Directors amended Article V in the Bylaws on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Article V – Officers was revised as follows:
Section 5.1 (B) The positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman must be filled with sitting Directors. Consistent with North Dakota Century Code § 10-15-29, the elected positions of Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by a Director, Cooperative staff or a third party. The positions of Secretary and Treasurer may be filled by the same person. The office of President/CEO is not an elected position.
Section 5.6 (E) and (F) The Secretary may delegate or assign the Secretary’s duties to Cooperative staff or other parties whose duties are subject to oversight by the Secretary; the Secretary position does not need to be held by a Director.
Section 5.7 (B) and (C) The Treasurer may delegate or assign the Treasurer’s duties to the Cooperative CFO or other parties whose duties are subject to the oversight of the Treasurer; the Treasurer position does not need to be held by a Director.
The Board of Directors approved the following amendments to Bylaws Article III – Board of Directors on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.
Section 3.6 (J) - Removal for Violations – language added to state that any Director or candidate for election who withholds relevant, responsive information or submits materially misleading information to the Board or Membership as part of the election process, or who otherwise engages in fraudulent conduct, or conduct in violation of generally applicable election policies, may be removed by a vote of a majority of all disinterested Directors within 120 days after receipt of allegations of wrongful conduct.
Section 3.7 – Director Election – language added to state that the Board may authorize the use of electronic or absentee voting for Director elections or other matters submitted to the membership for determination.
Section 3.7 (A) – Ballots – language added to state that absentee or electronic voting results will be provided by a designated ballot collector to the Teller Committee during the Annual Meeting.
Section 3.8 (J) – Board Removal – language added to state that any Director or candidate for election who withholds relevant, responsive information or submits materially misleading information to the Board or Membership as part of the election process, or who otherwise engages in fraudulent conduct, or conduct in violation of generally applicable election policies, may be removed by a vote of a majority of all disinterested Directors within 120 days after receipt of allegations of wrongful conduct.