The Libertarian Party of Ohio has begun organizing efforts in Wood County and will hold a public development meeting June 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Wood County Library main branch in Bowling Green.
Members of the party will present an overview of the party’s plans and its position on current issues.
“Our goal is to show people that there is a viable alternative to left-versus-right, Democrat-versus-Republican, and to provide opportunities for people to become actively involved in the Libertarian movement,” said Scott McClure, Wood County Development Coordinator for the Libertarian Party of Ohio.
Office closing Fridays
Because of budget constraints and a reduction in its staff, the Sandusky County office of the Ohio State University Extension Service will be closed Fridays starting June, 5.
The change will allow the staff to catch up and start planning for the following week, said Mark Koenig, county extension director.
He said Friday is usually the slowest day for walk-in and phone business. The office is located at 2000 Countryside Dr., Suite D, Fremont, O.
Customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio are being encouraged to participate in local hearings on the utility’s proposal to change its method of purchasing natural gas.
The Office of Consumers’ Counsel said there will be four hearings, including one set for June 23 at 6 p.m. at One Government Center in Toledo. The hearing will be held at the Lucas County Commissioners’ meeting room, 640 Jackson Street.
The company currently uses a monthly gas cost recovery system to calculate the price it charges for natural gas. If its proposal is approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a wholesale auction will be held to determine a retail price adjustment to the monthly natural gas price listed on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The auction would allow bidders to compete for portions of Columbia’s natural gas supply, with the lowest bid received being added to the NYMEX price to determine what is called the utility’s Standard Service Offer,
According to Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander, similar auctions lowered the cost for customers of Dominion East Ohio and Vectren Energy Delivery Ohio.
Auctions held in February in the Dominion service area added $1.40 to the wholesale price, which resulted in savings to customers who weren’t participating in a Gas Choice program.
At the public hearings, customers can give sworn testimony.