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C O M M E N T S
Fighting wire theft
Missouri lawmakers toughen penalties for stealing metal
issouri Gov. Jay Nixon
has signed a metaltheft bill that adds to
that recyclers must collect when
buying scrap metal. Dealers are
now required to photograph the
seller and collect the person’s date
of birth and gender, as well as the
plate number of the vehicle in
which they arrived.
Metal recyclers already had to
make a copy of a seller’s valid ID
under the state’s old regulations.
State Sen. David Sater of Cassville said the bill he sponsored
“will help communities ﬁght scrap
metal and copper theft and will
level the playing ﬁeld for law-abiding metal dealers by going after
those breaking the law. This is a
big step in the right direction, but
we need to continue looking for
ways to protect property owners
and businesses from metal theft.”
The Electrical Safety Foundation International estimates
there are more than 50,000 copper thefts from electrical
utilities each year. Across Missouri, electric cooperatives,
other businesses, churches and homeowners have been targeted by metal thieves hoping to make a quick buck.
For the sake of a few dollars, these people put themselves in danger of electrocution. They cause damage and
loss that is running into the millions of dollar. Worse,
their actions put electric cooperative employees at risk by
removing protective ground wires and other important
“Legislatively, we have worked several years to strengthen those laws because of all the metal-theft issues we have
had,” says David Klindt, vice president of the Association
of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. “We appreciate Sen. Sater
moving this bill forward and Gov. Nixon signing it.”
One weapon used to counter theft of copper from
Missouri electric co-ops is the Copper Theft Hotline and
Reward Program sponsored by the state’s generation and
transmission co-ops on behalf of their member systems.
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The six transmission co-ops — Central Electric Power,
KAMO Power, M&A Electric Power, Northeast Missouri Electric Power and N.W. Electric Power — have joined forces
with wholesale power supplier Associated Electric Cooperative to reward anyone who helps send these crooks to jail.
Citizens who see suspicious activity around powerlines,
substations or other cooperative facilities are encouraged
to call 1-855-COPPER9 (1-855-267-7379). A reward of up to
$1,000 will be given for information that leads to the arrest
and conviction of those who steal or vandalize equipment
owned by electric cooperatives on the Associated system.
You also will save yourself and others the expense of repairing the damage, since ultimately all members of the cooperative bear this burden.
Copper theft in Missouri is a Class C felony. Most of
those caught are sent away for a long time. However,
catching them in the act remains the problem. If you see
someone tampering with electric cooperative equipment,
call the Theft Reward Hotline. The reward will be yours,
but the money saved belongs to everyone.
Ipson honored for economic development efforts
ordon Ipson, manager
of economic development at Northeast
Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, Palmyra, was
recently honored by the National Rural Economic Developers
Association (NREDA) with the
group’s Rural Economic Development Leadership Award.
The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the ﬁeld
of rural economic development.
NREDA seeks to honor deserving individuals across America.
Nominees are those who have
demonstrated outstanding leadership in an economic
development project resulting in the improvement of the
quality of life, creation of new jobs and opportunity for
growth and development in rural America.
“Devoted to the rural
way of life”
Ipson was chosen for this
prestigious honor by a national
selection committee representing electric and telephone cooperatives from across the nation.
Dennis Mingyar, NREDA
awards chair said, “Gordon
Ipson is the epitome of a rural
economic developer. His vision,
leadership and guidance to the
profession have made him a
source of knowledge and guidance. He is committed to his
members, his consumers and his
communities. He brings skills
that assist local communities
in all aspects of succeeding in economic development. His
commitment to supporting the growth and development
of rural economic development extends from the local
community to the national scene.”
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - September 2013
Rural Missouri - September 2013
Scorching the border
Blasts from the past
Out of the Way Eats
Mowing down the competition
Hearth and Home
A place for Pershing
Rural Missouri - September 2013