CALCUTTA - Competition between electric generation companies has resulted in the numerous offers St. Clair Township customers have been receiving in the mail for better electric rates.
That was the bottom line of a discussion between township trustees and Collette Appolito, a representative of First Energy Solutions who attended this week's trustee meeting.
Township voters recently approved an electrical aggregate program and questions have arisen about opting out, changing providers, rates and other issues.
Told there had been a lot of negative comments about an increase, rather than the expected decrease, Appolito pointed out it had been a hot summer and that AEP had implemented a rate increase in mid-summer.
Chairman Jim Hall asked about the letters being sent, asking residents to "lock in" at certain amounts, and Appolito admitted, "The environment has become very competitive. Just because you have an aggregate program, won't stop those mailings."
She likened the offers to someone deciding whether to choose a fixed rate or variable mortgage.
"This is what competition has brought us now with generation service," she told trustees.
Trustees said those with questions should call the number Appolito gave at the meeting: 866-636-3749.
In other matters this week, trustees heard from Glenmoor Fire Department's deputy Chief Bill Bennett that the department has answered 201 calls thus far this year, which is down from last year.
Bennett also reported on a recent CPR class offered to the public, which was actually conducted by Trustee Robert Swickard, and said plans are to hold another one in the near future as well as a public canine CPR class.
A technician class for amateur radio operators will be held Nov. 3 and 4 he said in an attempt to increase local people who might become involved in the Skywarn program.
Bennett said the hope is to eventually install a radio at the station so it can serve as a contact point.
Police Chief Don Hyatt reported that trick or treat hours will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, in conjunction with the city of East Liverpool.
The owner of a nuisance property on Cornell Street has made arrangements to remove junked vehicles and has started cleaning up the property, it was reported.
Trustees also reported East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger had issued an invitation for township residents to participate in Saturday's clean up day, sponsored by the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Counties Solid Waste District.
From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., anyone living within the three-county district can take unwanted items to the city car barn on Pennsylvania Avenue at no charge to be disposed of.
Up to four tires, but no rims, will be accepted from each person, but no electronics or household hazardous wastes.
Hall called it a "good gesture" for the city to extend the invitation, and Trustees Jim Sabatini said there has been a misconception that the cleanup is only for city residents when it is for anyone in the solid waste district.
"Hopefully, some of the places that are eyesores will take (advantage of it)," Hall said.
Trustees approved requests by the Making Strides MS Group and American Cancer Society to use the Peter Metrovich Community Room.
Hall reported that the ad hoc committee of townships involved in the Buckeye Water District will schedule a meeting soon to determine whether or not to re-appoint member Robert Wines to the BWD board.
Wines has made it known he would like re-appointed, Hall said. The other township representatives are Cal Carney and Roy Dray, whose appointments are not yet up.