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Cheap gas causes IGS to drop contract with NOAC
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 14:16

Columbia Gas of Ohio this week filed its Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) adjustment for March with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), a cost that is considerably less than the cost of natural gas last March.

The GCR of 44 cents per Ccf (100 cubic feet) of natural gas will be 51 cents lower than last March, when it was 95 cents.

Warmer weather decreased the typical residential customers March bill to $91.60, compared to $104.31 last month.

The March bill will be $70.73 lower than last March, which was $162.33.

The March GCR will be in effect from March 1 through March 29.

The low GCR has had an impact on Interstate Gas Supply (IGS), an alternate natural gas supplier hired by the Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (NOAC), a consortium of communities that includes Oregon, Northwood, Lake Township, Toledo, Maumee, Sylvania, Perrysburg, the Village of Holland, and unincorporated areas of Lucas County. It’s rate is always 3.5 cents per Ccf less than Columbia’s price.

 
Conservancy adds to its holdings
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 14:22

Family farms in Wood and Lucas counties are among the 11 properties totaling nearly 1,000 acres being added this year to the holdings of the Black Swamp Conservancy.

The new properties, which are protected through perpetual land conservation agreements with the conservancy, include:
• Family farms in Wood County (41 acres) and Lucas County (147 acres)

• South Lake Hunt Club, a 71-acre marsh in Ottawa County

• Four farms covering about 320 acres near Delta in Fulton County

• A scenic overlook parcel near Sidecut Metropark in Maumee

• Port Clinton Lakefront Preserve, a 14-acre public park near Lake Erie

• A 73-acre wildlife sanctuary along the Maumee River in Paulding County.

• A 247-acre farm near Tiffin

 
Jerusalem Twp. - Police steering committee prepares survey
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 25 February 2010 14:20

Jerusalem Township’s police steering committee is preparing a questionnaire to get feedback from the public on what kind of police services they would like to have.

The committee, which consists of six residents, meets every couple of weeks to discuss options on providing police protection to the township.

“Policing is supposed to represent the population, and we want to know what they want,” said Ron Frederick, a member of the commission.

Voters last November rejected by over a two to one margin a 3.5-mill, one year police levy that would have raised revenue to pay the sheriff to patrol the township.

The township currently receives sheriff’s patrols at no charge from Lucas County. That will end this year. Lucas County commissioners last summer notified nine unincorporated areas in the county, including Jerusalem Township, that they will be charged for sheriff’s patrols due to budgetary constraints.

The notification sent townships scrambling for ways to raise funds to continue getting their current level of services from the sheriff, or contract with adjacent communities for police protection. To maintain sheriff patrols, Jerusalem Township, which has a population of 3,181 within a 30.4 square mile area, would have been charged $347,000 annually by the sheriff.

 
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