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Township gets info on electric aggregation problem

March 22, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

David Turner from First Energy Solutions attended the Tuesday night trustees meeting to address the issue of residents getting letters stating they were dropped from the township's aggregation program for electricity.

"Some 2,687 customers got letters saying they were dropped from the program," Turner said. "Those letters were automatically generated."

He said the issue came about after a software upgrade. After the upgrade, the letters were sent out stating customers were dropped from the aggregation program and returned to Ohio Edison. He said the problem was discovered and he appoligized for the calls the township has been receiving over the matter.

"The township should not be receiving those calls," he told trustees.

He said 25 residents were not affected by the situation and another 238 had opted out of the program on their own.

Trustee Anthony Bettile questioned on whether those resident opted out because of the letters or if they actually wanted out without the recent situation. Turner said anyone in that situation would have to finish the present monthly billing cycle, then could be switched back.

Because of the error, First Energy has decided to give a $10 gift card to residents who received the letter. He said a second letter would be sent out informing residents how to get the gift cards.

As for the aggregation program, Turner said residents don't need to do anything and they will automatically be put back on the program.

On a different matter, trustees gave their approval to having test holes dug on Revere Run to determine the thickness of the road surface. Revere Run is on the list to be paved and Administrator Keith Rogers wants to be certain the present road surface is sufficient.

Rogers told trustees the testing won't cost the township at all. He said the county is offering to perform the tests at no charge.

In other business:

Trustees approved a resolution to advertise for parkland maintenance and to advertise for bids for the Westbury Park Sidewalk Project.

Trustees approved paying for township officials to attend the Mahoning County Township Association's spring dinner.

A resolution to pay Bob's Lock and Key for changing all the locks at the Township Building for use with one key was approved and not to exceed $900.

Approval was given to purchase an automated external defibrillator to be placed at Township Park from April through October.

Trustees discussed replacing the road department laptop with a new one after talking with the road crew to determine their needs.

Approval was given for warrants totaling $63,352.43 and purchase orders for $2,000.

Also approved was a change to the revenue budget to include $1,279.11 that came from Summer Wind and Fox Den developments. Township Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley said the revenue came from the open green space fund requirements from developers.

 
 

 

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