MANKATO, Kan. — Patrons of the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative have approved a plan to consolidate the co-op's office locations — a plan that eventually will cost Mankato its office and most of the jobs that go with it.
By a tally of 951-735, patrons approved the consolidation question in a mail-in election that ended Thursday, the co-op announced in a news release. Rolling Hills does not have figures stating how each of its nine-member counties voted.
The co-op currently maintains its headquarters in Mankato and district offices in Ellsworth and Belleville, Kan. The co-op is one of the top three largest electric cooperatives in Kansas with nearly 11,000 meters.
Under the consolidation plan, Rolling Hills would build a new headquarters in Beloit. The new facility is expected to cost around $6 million.
"You can probably build a Taj Mahal for $7 million to $8 million," Rolling Hills manager Doug Jackson said