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Bill amendment is popular with consumer groups
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 02 December 2013 09:10

A diverse group of agencies and organizations has backed an amendment to a bill pending in the Ohio Senate, contending its amendment is a better compromise to Senate Bill 58, which would change the state’s electric utility law passed in 2008 that promotes alternative energy sources.

The group says its compromise will better protect Ohio manufacturers, businesses and residential users from higher electricity prices while continuing to provide the benefits of energy efficiency to all consumers.

SB 58 is working its way through the Senate Public Utilities Committee and has had several hearings.

Mall owners say city ignored their demolition plan
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Monday, 02 December 2013 09:12

An attorney for the owners of the Woodville Mall claims a court ordered demolition plan was submitted to the Northwood by the August deadline, but city officials ignored it.

Adam Burke, attorney for the mall owners, said the plan had actually been filed several days before the deadline.

“This is a land grab for the city,” Burke said in a prepared statement. “The owners cannot complete the demolition on the property without a city permit. And the city has blocked us at every turn.”

Ottawa County-Water rates will increase
Written by Larry Limpf   
Monday, 02 December 2013 09:16

The first increase in four years in rates charged by the Ottawa County regional water distribution system will go into effect Dec. 18.

The county commissioners approved increases in the monthly base and rate schedules during their Nov. 21 meeting.

Gino Monaco, administrator of the county’s sanitary engineering department, said several factors are behind the decision to increase rates.

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