|City to save $217K on electricity|
|Monday, May 06, 2013 8:25 PM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
DELPHOS — City council members on Monday voted to unanimously to allow Safety Service Director Greg Berquist to enter a two-year contract with Champion Energy for 25 municipal accounts that do not qualify under the city’s electrical aggregation plan.
The city will realize $217,000 in electrical cost savings (36 percent) each of the two years at .05785 cents per kilowatt hour.
The main accounts include the Water and Wastewater Treatment plants which us approximately 6,577,200 kilowatt hours per year in electricity.
The measure was passed on emergency to take advantage of Monday’s pricing.
Council also passed on emergency a resolution opposing the passage of House Bill 5 by the Ohio General Assembly. HB5 proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax in the form of unfunded mandates and a substantial loss of revenue for municipalities.
The resolution states: “Whereas, the Coalition has drafted and introduced language that is detrimental to the financial stability of municipalities, will drastically reduce revenue for all municipalities in Ohio, and includes “unfunded mandates” which will cripple the ability for municipalities to provide basic services to residents and resident businesses alike …”
The bill currently dictates states will collect the income taxes for municipalities.
The resolution will be presented to the state legislature.
In other business, council heard an update on the Cass Street water line project. Berquist said the endeavor have become a “moving target” with numerous delays due to questions arising from citizens whose property will be effected by the installation of a water loop in the area of the railroad tracks and from the rail administration. Berquist said things are moving along as quickly as they can and the project start date has been pushed back a week, so far.
Councilman Josh Gillespie thanked Roger’s Rangers for cleaning up the Grone property adjacent to Elida Road just outside of city limits on the east side.
Councilman Mark Clement noted a roof on one of the salt buildings in Stadium Park was in disrepair and needed attention.
City Auditor Tom Jettinghoff called for a Budget Hearing at 6:45 p.m. on June 17.
|Last Updated on Friday, May 10, 2013 10:47 AM|