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People who plan to participate in Kenton’s electric aggregation program won’t be able to take part in American Electric Power’s monthly bill-budgeting plan for the generation of electricity.
Auditor John Moore and Chief Deputy Auditor Jayma Davis said they have learned AEP’s system will not allow for the bill-budgeting option because the electric generation will be supplied by a different company.
Through the aggregation program, Kenton has selected IGS Energy to provide the electric generation at a cost guaranteed to be 15 percent below AEP’s rate for the next three years. AEP will continue to provide transmission of the electricity and Davis and Moore believe AEP will continue to offer bill-budgeting on the transmission service.
That means the generation portion of the customer bill will be billed monthly based on charges for the actual kilowatt hours used.
“We want to be upfront with people,” Davis said. “This won’t be as smooth as we thought.”
Davis said people who want to continue to have the bill-budgeting option can opt out of the aggregation program at any time at no charge and return to AEP as their electric generation supplier.
Also at the meeting, council:
– Suspended rules requiring three readings and approved ordinances to allow the Ohio Department of Transportation to make improvements to three bridges in the city this year. On South Main Street there will be a new concrete deck overlay. Other projects are on South Detroit Street and Espy Street. There is no cost to the city.
– Adopted a resolution to sell two vehicles no longer needed by the city.
– Used rules suspension to adopt additional appropriations of $5,775 and transfers of $1,800.
– Had the initial reading of a resolution for the acquisition and installation of a new lime slaker for the water treatment plant.
– Gave first reading to legislation to vacate an east-west alley in John Pfeiffer’s Western Addition. The petitioner, Tim Newland, is the owner of all the property that abuts the alley.
– Heard first reading of an ordinance that allows part-time employers working between 25 and 35 hours per week to participate in the city’s health insurance program. They would be required to pay 100 percent of the cost.
– Had the first reading on legislation to advertise for bids for rock salt.
By TIM THOMAS