FirstEnergy rate plan questioned
A proposed rate plan submitted by FirstEnergy to the Public Utilities Commission will result in higher than necessary rates for customers, according to the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, which has filed testimony with the PUCO in the case.
A public hearing – one of three planned in the state – will be held June 7 in Toledo, offering consumers the chance to offer their input.
The rate proposal, if approved, would set FirstEnergy rates from June 2014 to May 2016.
The OCC contends the proposal would improperly exclude income that should be counted when testing for excessive profits and that customers could be harmed by changing the auction process to establish the rates for the generation portion of a customer’s bill.
BZA meeting to resume
A meeting of the Lake Township Board of Zoning Appeals to hear a challenge to a pond permit issued to a developer has been continued to June 14.
A “dry” pond now collects storm water from throughout the Freedom Estates subdivision. Whether the developer owns sufficient land area contiguous to the pond to meet the township’s zoning requirements for a permanent, or retention, pond is contested by several residents.
The pond is in a 1.25-acre parcel and the zoning resolution requires property owners have at least two acres for a permanent pond.
A 30-foot-wide corridor of land surrounds the pond parcel and is labeled “detention easement” on the subdivision’s plat map.
David Miesmer, township zoning inspector, said he based his decision to issue the permit on several unsold lots abutting the easement belonging to the developer, DMWW Properties, LLC, Holland, O. and therefore satisfying the 2-acre requirement.
“The unoccupied lots owned by the developer and the pond parcel equal about six acres,” he said.
Zoning documents show the developer wants to deepen the pond to hold 12 feet of water.
Freedom Estates residents don’t question ownership of the pond site but do contend the easement is for allowing access to the pond site for maintenance and related issues.
Residents are also concerned drainage problems will increase if the pond is permanently holding water.