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Some township residents unable to participate in electric program

November 7, 2012
Morning Journal News

CALCUTTA - More than 200 St. Clair Township residents are not eligible to participate in the electric aggregate program approved by voters, due to a previous commitment.

Township trustees had been addressed at their last meeting by Collette Appolito of First Energy Solutions regarding some questions that had been raised about the aggregate.

Among those questions was why some residents had not received letters about the aggregate program, giving them the chance to opt out.

Trustee Jim Sabatini reported Tuesday that Appolito has since clarified that 245 township residents are not eligible for the aggregate program because they have a pre-existing contract with AEP for a hot water tank.

Sabatini said anyone with such a contract will be billed under rate code 014 and that, should they want to switch to the aggregate, will need to contact Appolito at 866-636-3749.

Chairman James Hall reported the ad hoc committee charged with choosing township representatives for the Buckeye Water District Board of Trustees recently met but some dissension was heard about who will be appointed.

Currently, only the seat held by Robert Wines is up for re-appointment, and Hall had reported at the last trustee meeting that Wines has indicated a desire to be re-appointed.

Another ad hoc committee meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the St. Clair Township building, and Hall said he hopes representatives from all nine townships involved will attend. Just six of the nine attended the earlier committee meeting.

Trustees voted Tuesday to approve a request by Precision Geo Physical Inc. of Millersburg to extend their application to work within the township right-of-way.

The company will be conducting a seismic survey beginning in January for six months and will be working on Sidehill Road. Trustees said there have been no problems with the company during its previous contract.

Trustees will take a wait and see stance on a Cornell Street nuisance property for now, after the owner advised he is taking steps to clean it. He was told about the possibility of applying for the Moving Ohio Forward program, with a Dec. 31 deadline.

Road foreman Scott Barrett said he appears to have moved around the vehicles on the property and has cut the grass.

A complaint has been received about a nuisance property on Irish Ridge Road up from Franklin Street, where the rear of a building is about 11 feet off the ground and about to give way, Barrett reported, saying the neighbor "fears it will be laying in his back yard."

Barrett will take photos and steps will begin to address the nuisance.

Representatives of HRG, a civil engineering firm from Columbiana, addressed trustees about their operation, saying this is the company's first foray into Ohio.

It has offices in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, opening the Columbiana office a month ago and hoping to build its eight-member employee roster to 20.



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