Governmental Electricity Aggregation Program to be on March ballot


Governmental Natural Gas Aggregation Program tabled indefinitely

By Greg Smart - gsmart@civitasmedia.com



HUBER HEIGHTS —Monday, the Huber Heights City Council heard the third reading and adopted an amended ordinance granting approval to place a Governmental Electricity Aggregation Program with opt-out provisions on the March 15, 2016 ballot. This program is expected to provide lower costs for the residents, business, and other electric consumers in the city.

City Manager Rob Schommer said that all savings would be passed on directly to the residents and that the city does not capture any of that savings with the exception of administration or the actual cost of the bidding itself.

Council member Tyler Starline said this involves putting the issue out to the ballot, but does not implement a plan. He said if this program was to go into place, it would need approval of disapproval of the public. He said there is a three month time frame as the primary in a presidential year is moved up. He said between now and then, there will be efforts by the city to provide residents with information on this proposal.

Council member Jan Vargo said that even if the citizens do adopt this proposal, the citizens will still have the option to opt out and not participate in this program.

Council member Karen Kaleps said the city still has the option of determining whether or not they will find this a useful tool in actually adjusted rates for the citizen “and if we don’t go forward with it, that’s our option, too, as a city.”

Council member Ed Lyons said that Troy’s three-year contract for electrical aggregation cost around $4,000 a year to maintain and said the cost for Huber could be similar or a bit more.

“Citizens who are on a contract will not be able to be on this aggregation program for the city immediately, said Lyons. “But. after their contract expires, maybe the second year or the third year, they will have that opt out provision or be able to come in.”

Lyons said he believed the initial start up expense for Troy was around $40,000, but indicated it could be more expensive for Huber Heights as Huber is a bigger city.

Lyons said that Troy residents realized disposable income as a result of electrical aggregation, representing about $400 for the average household in that community.

Schommer said the city would be very cautious about quoting any figures at all as rates might be different than what is in the Troy plan.

“We wouldn’t want try to persuade their vote, we just merely want to inform,” said Schommer.

In a related ordinance concerning placing a Governmental Natural Gas Aggregation Program with opt-out provisions on the March 15, 2016 ballot, Council voted unanimously to table the item indefinitely.

“The information we revealed really shows that there is no benefit at this time to explore gas aggregation due to the very competitiveness of the Ohio utility rates,” said Schommer. “…So, we would recommend that this item be tabled indefinitely.”

Council authorized the city manager to execute an agreement not to exceed $7,500 between the city and member jurisdictions through Dec. 31, 2020 with “Business First! for a Greater Dayton Region Business Retention and Expansion Program: Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement.

Council authorized the city manager to enter into an agreement with Agile Networks to provide a fiber and microwave connection with the city of Englewood. Council has previously approved the Power 911 system for use by the Public Safety Communications Center of the city of Huber Heights with the understanding that the city of Englewood is the backup site for redundancy. The source of funds is the 911 Funds and the cost is $4,320.

Council approved an agreement between the city and The Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Labor Council, Inc., Communications Officers, for a 2.25 percent increase in wage rates and an attendance incentive.

Council appointed Judith McClelland and Joan Smith to the Tax Review Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2017. Both of these individuals currently serve on the Tax Appeals Board. The Tax Review Board is replacing the Tax Appeals Boards based on mandated changes passed recently by the state. Two members of the Tax Review Board are appointed by the City Council while one member is appointed by the city manager.

  • Reappointed David Secor to the Citizens Water and Sewer Advisory Board for a term ending Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Reappointed Frank Ambrose, Andrew Demland, Leona Gray, Sandra Opp, Daniel Yoe, and Richard Winkler to the Property Maintenance Review Board for a term ending Dec. 31, 2016.
  • Reappointed John Howlett to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a term ending Jan. 31, 2021
  • Approved a new liquor permit #6517242-1560 for CVS at 4996 Brandt Pike in Riverside.

  • Authorized entering into a 10-year contract with Miami Valley Lighting (MVLt) for street lighting services on public grounds and streets. The present contract expires on Dec. 31 and the city is one of 23 municipalities currently participating in the agreement.

  • Declared a 1995 American Roads Arm Leaf Vacuum as surplus and no longer required for municipal purposes and authorized disposal.

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Governmental Natural Gas Aggregation Program tabled indefinitely

By Greg Smart

gsmart@civitasmedia.com

Reach Greg Smart at 937-684-8088 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.com

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