Residential electric customers in Lake Township can expect a 6 percent discount off the rate to be set by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for member communities of a coalition, Tom Hays, township solicitor, said last week in a memo to the township trustees.
Hays and other representatives of Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition communities met recently to discuss a proposal by First Energy Solutions to extend the coalition contract for another six years.
“During this extension period FES will provide a 6 percent discount for residential customers and a 4 percent discount for small commercial customers from the standard rate set through the PUCO process,” the memo says. “In addition, Lake Township would receive a one-time payment of $30 per customer.”
The FES offer was “by far the best offer” submitted to NOAC, according to Mark Frye, a consultant for the coalition.
NOAC representatives directed Frye to work out details of the extension agreement for consideration by each member community.
Under previous agreements, electric companies have set aside funds for grants usually earmarked for economic development projects, Hays said, but most of the funds went to the larger cities.
The new agreement would treat all NOAC members equally, he said.
Melanie Bowen, who chairs the township board of trustees, read Hays’ memo during Tuesday’s board meeting.
Township residents have the choice of opting out of any agreement the township signs through NOAC and receive service from another provider.
Other NOAC members include the cities of Toledo, Maumee, Oregon, Sylvania, Northwood, and Perrysburg, the village of Holland, and the unincorporated areas of Lucas County.
Speed limits set
The trustees approved resolutions to set the speed limits at 25 miles per hour on streets in the Indian Trails Estates and Lakewood subdivisions.
In the Indian Trails subdivision, Pheasant Drive, Bob White Drive, and Old Trail Drive are subject to the speed limit. In the Lakewood subdivision, the limit affects Lakewood Boulevard and Greystone Drive .
A bridge on Hanley Road, between Cummings and Luckey roads, has been closed by the Wood County engineer, Dan McLargin, township road supervisor, informed the trustees.
“The bridge is very unsafe,” he said, and will likely be closed until next summer.
Only one nearby resident has permission to use the bridge if an alternative route over a rail crossing is blocked, McLargin said, adding the engineer’s office is trying to have a pre-fabricated span put in its place.