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Village to get aggregation contract while waiting for elections

September 24, 2009
By J.T. Whitehouse
Poland Village Council agreed last week to have Mayor Tim Sicafuse sign a contract with Independent Energy Consultants to lock in the prices for natural gas and electic. The move came after much discussion about being already on the program over the past year.

Councilman Albert Lind Jr. brought the issue before council. He said the village is entering the second year of a two-year contract that was actually never signed, after a verbal approval was given last year. He said the IEC representative went on the verbal word to add Poland Village in with the township and several other communities when prices were negotiated  last year.

Discovering there was no signed contract, Lind said IEC could be questioned if they were audited and thus he recommended it be done.

Council members asked if it would affect the opt-in plan that will be on the November budget. Village solicitor attorney Anthony D’Apolito said it would not, but that he wanted to read over the contracts first to make sure they are in order. Council gave the go ahead for the mayor to sign the contract so IEC could make the Oct. 1 deadline for locking in the price.

“Its a good price at $7 per mcf,” Sicafuse said.

Last year, the price for gas was at $9 per mcf.

In other business:

• Council voted unanimously to approve an appropriation amendment to move funds to cover the cost of street lighting. Village clerk-treasurer Linda Srnec said the recent electric bill for street lights in the village was higher that expected.

• A discussion was held on a paving grant through Eastgate for $84,728 that had a village match of $10,472. The grant would help cover the paving of Nesbitt from Ohio 170 to North Lima Road; North Lima Road from 170 to Revere Drive; Hamilton and Second streets. The deadline for this year had passed and the grant would not kick in until the 2010 season.

• A report was given on the U.S. 224 sidewalk project. It was mentioned there are only two properties that still have to be settled for the project to begin.

• Council had a second reading of an ordinance concerning flood damage reduction regulations. The ordinance now moves to a third reading at a future meeting.

• A call from a concerned citizen was mentioned. The concern was over parking near Union School. apparently some have been parking on the sidewalk and a woman and small child were nearly struck because of it. Sicafuse said he will talk to the police chief over the matter.


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