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Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 24 February 2011 15:55

FirstEnergy cost plan challenged
The Ohio Consumers’ Counsel is challenging a request by FirstEnergy to pass costs onto consumers stemming from a change in regional transmission organizations.

The OCC filed its protest last week with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, arguing the utility has not provided sufficient evidence to show customers will benefit from the utility's decision to change regional transmission organizations. The FERC should instead require FirstEnergy's shareholders to pay the costs resulting from the utility's switch from the Midwest ISO to the PJM Interconnection, Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander said.

 
Jerusalem Twp. bristles at storm water utility fee
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 24 February 2011 15:54

Jerusalem Township, along with other townships in Lucas County, will be part of the Lucas County storm water utility, which will charge a fee to residents and businesses beginning next year.

Township Trustee Joe Kiss isn’t too happy about the program.

“I just started hearing some grumblings about it last night at our business meeting,” Kiss said last Wednesday. “It just sure seems like another way to pull some extra tax from people who shouldn’t be paying it.”

 
Walbridge - Refuse collection contract nears approval
Written by Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 24 February 2011 15:53

Walbridge Village Council has heard the first reading of a new refuse collection contract that will - if approved – replace a 20-year contract with Waste Management of Ohio that ends March 13.

Under the proposed agreement with Waste Management, collection rates will be $10.25 a month per residence for refuse and recycling services. Prices for those services will increase by 3 percent annually.

There is also a monthly fee of $3 for a 96-gallon refuse cart and $2.50 for a 64-gallon recycling cart. Recycling and refuse carts will be leased directly to residents.

The cost to residents, however, will be partially offset by a payment from the village to Waste Management of $20,846 a year, which will reduce residents’ out-of-pocket costs by $1.85 a month.

 
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