March 28, 2017

VILLAGE UTILITY AGGREGATION PROGRAMS UPDATE:              MARCH 28, 2017

 

As you are aware, the Village of Fort Recovery is involved in utility aggregation programs for both the electric and natural gas supply services.  These programs took effect after approved at the May 6, 2013 election by the voters in Fort Recovery.  Since that time, we have had contracts on both utilities that have or are about to expire. 

The natural gas contract has expired and based on the current market rates it has been more cost effective to remain on Dominion’s standard rate of $2.577 per MCF than enter a fixed rate contract at a higher cost.  The current fixed rates are in the mid to upper $3 range and we did not want to lock everyone in on a price that was higher than offered through the standard rate.  While the standard rate is a variable rate it has been much lower every month since our original gas contract expired back late 2016.  We continue to monitor the rates through our broker and will reenter the market when it looks to be advantageous for securing a fixed rate contract.  What has happened to all those involved in the aggregation program is that you should have been automatically switched to the Dominion standard from our previous rate of $4.79 per MCF with Volunteer Energy.  If you have not signed up with anyone else since the contract expired, you will automatically be switched to any new contract that we may enter into in the coming months.

The electric contract is set to expire in November, 2017 and is currently with AEP Energy at a rate of $.0599 / KWh.  We recently signed an extended contract with Dynegy Energy Services that will start upon the expiration of the current contract.  The new contract will run from November, 2017 until April, 2020 and will be at a rate of $.0529 / KWh.  Anyone currently in the aggregation contract with AEP Energy will automatically be switched over to Dynegy in November and nothing should be required of you to make this change.  This term will coincide with 20 different communities in Ohio that will all be bidding their aggregation programs together in April, 2020 to provide a larger pool of accounts and consumption that will hopefully offer the ability to receive an even better rate for our individual aggregation programs.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns about these aggregation programs please do not hesitate to call the village hall at 419-375-2530.

Randy Diller

Village Administrator

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December 6, 2016

As we wrap things up for 2016 and the cold weather begins to set in, we are in the process of planning for 2017 and beyond.

A couple notes of interest:

The village will be wrapping up our curbside leaf collection this week (Dec. 9th) so we can prep our trucks for the upcoming winter weather.  All leaves collected after Friday will need to be bagged in yard waste bags for pick up by Mahargs Trash Service.  We also completed the final curbside brush pickup for the winter this past week.  We will not likely do another until March or April depending on weather.

Those involved with the village’s natural gas aggregation program will have noticed that this program expired in November and we were unable to obtain a bid for any extended period due to the historically low gas prices.  If you do nothing, your service will be switched to Dominions standard offering which is currently $2.714 / MCF (our previous aggregation rate was $4.79 / MCF) on a monthly variable rate.  You are welcome to sign up with a provider as many good rates are out there and can be locked in for a year or two.  Be careful to check on any cancellation fees if you do this as we will continue to work toward getting a competitive bid for the aggregation program.  If you stay with the standard rate offered by Dominion you will automatically be switched to any aggregation program offering that we procure.  Any questions please feel free to contact me at the village offices.

As for current and future projects:

  • We have wrapped up work on the Paul Staugler Memorial Recreational Trail for the winter as the lights have been installed and are working. Final wrap up work will be completed in the spring along with a dedication ceremony.
  • We will be doing work along Sharpsburg Road early next year to install utilities and we will also be doing some work at our lagoons to make them operate more effectively.
  • We received notice that funding was approved for the William Street reconstruction project for next year. This will include a wider street, curbs, sidewalks, street lamps and improved storm sewers and should be done sometime next summer/fall.
  • We also are finalizing the plans to install basketball/tennis courts in Community Park along with some additional parking. This again is scheduled for next summer construction.
  • The restroom renovation is ongoing at Community Park and we are hopeful that we will have it completed for use by next year’s park season.

Reminder that Mayor Kaup is continuing the Christmas Decorating Contest as started by Mayor Broerman.  Prizes will be awarded to the top three with the judging done on the evening of December 23rd.  No entry is required and all residents of the village are eligible to win.

As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Diller, Village Administrator

November 9, 2016

Updating my notes from last week:

The Paul Staugler Memorial Recreational Trail is being finished up for the winter season as all hard surface has been installed, dirt work all roughed in and some general clean up being finished up this week.  We will be working on the lighting over the next couple weeks and then will return in the spring to complete the final dirt work and seeding.  It has been a very popular place over the past few weeks with the mild weather we have enjoyed and it is great to see it getting use.  Thanks again to ODNR and the Staugler family for their contributions to the trail project.

Bids were opened and contract was awarded for the Sharpsburg Road Utility Extension project.  Shinn Bros. Inc from Celina provided the low bid of right at $125,000 which was well under the engineer’s estimate of $171,000.  That work will be completed sometime between now and next May.

Bids are going out next week to purchase the lagoon baffles/curtains with the bid opening scheduled for December 1st.  This is another project that will keep our existing facilities working as efficiently and cost effectively as we see growth in the future.

Don’t forget the Merchants Christmas Open House this Sunday, November 13th which will take place from 11 a.m. through 5 p.m.  Also, don’t forget to acknowledge the service and dedication of our many local veterans as we celebrate Veteran’s Day this Friday.  Thank you to all past and present veterans!

On a final note, the village administration wishes to provide our sincerest thank you to the citizens for supporting the renewal levies that were passed at this year’s election.  We do not take this backing for granted and are gracious of the continued support as we look for ways to make improvements and better our community.  Your confirmation of our efforts is truly appreciated.

As always if you have any issue that you feel needs addressed, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the village office or stop in and see me and I will be glad to discuss it with you.  Also a reminder that our village council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 pm in the village hall and anyone is welcome to attend.

Randy Diller, Village Administrator