Starting in November, the Cold Weather Rule is underway for area Victory Electric members.

According to Victory Electric, the Cold Weather Rule will run through March 15, 2018, for a maximum of 11 months if needed in regards to payments on services.

"In no event will the co-op disconnect a service if the temperature is forecasted by the local National Weather Service to fall below 35 degrees , within 24 hours following the time of disconnection," said Victory Electric manager of marketing Jerri Imgarten. "Victory Electric reserves the right to disconnect between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when the temperature is at or above 35 degrees."

According to the Victory Electric website, cooperative members who are unable to pay their electric service bills during the cold weather period may qualify for the Cold Weather Rule program, provided they fulfill certain good faith requirements when attempting to pay.

Those requirements are: members must notify the cooperative and state their inability to pay their service bill in full; members must apply to federal, state, local or other financial assistance programs for which they may be eligible to receive aid in paying utility bills and members and the cooperative will reach a mutually agreeable payment arrangement.

The State of Kansas SRS, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, First Presbyterian Church, United Methodist Church, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and United Methodist Mexican American Ministries, are some of the state agencies and area charities that assist residents with utitily bills according to Victory Electric.

Members can be disqualified for the Cold Weather Rule arrangement if they fail to follow the arranged requirements, illegally divert utility service, receive service by tampering or default on a payment agreement.

Call Victory Electric at 620-227-2139 or 1-800-279-7915 for questions or further information.

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