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|12-11-02: Bremen electric bills may
|By LANCE MIHM
The Daily Standard
NEW BREMEN - New Bremen residents may see a 4 percent increase in their
Village councilors on Tuesday night approved the first reading of an
ordinance increasing the rates equally for commercial, residential and industrial zoned
The increase was needed after the village lost a lawsuit against Dayton
Power & Light (DP&L), village officials said.
New Bremen and 11 other communities, represented by AMP-Ohio, filed a
lawsuit against DP&L in 1999 because of billing practices by DP&L. The company was
billing several communities on generation costs instead of transmission costs, which
resulted in higher rates. DP&L was providing only transmission of energy, and the
villages felt the bills should be based on transmission cost.
However, a judge ruled in favor of DP&L, giving the village a
$69,000 back bill to be paid. Negotiations on interest payments are still ongoing.
"There is no money in the electric fund to pay it,"
Mayor Bob Klein told councilors of the money owed. "That is the main reason for
increasing the rates."
Village Administrator Larry Durkee added that while the small increase
will not make a huge difference in residents' bills, it will generate more money for the
village. The village also increased late payment penalties from 5 percent to 10 percent.
Klein reported the community survey has been completed, but said
results were not yet available.
The community had been given a $5,000 community development block grant
to administer the survey. Results of the survey will be used for community improvement
changes. Klein said results will hopefully be provided to councilors at the first January
Councilors also held second reading of a new position that was drafted
due to extended growth of the village during the last several years. The new full-time
employee would work for the public works department during the winter months and for the
parks and recreation department during the summer months. Pay rate was established at
$10.18 to $16.55 per hour.
In other business, councilors:
- Approved an emergency resolution entering a one-year contract with
attorney Robert Kehoe, Wapakoneta, to serve as magistrate in mayor's court.
- Held first reading of an ordinance entering a contract with the New
Bremen Emergency Medical Service at $15,000.
- Announced Dec. 20 has been designated as the last leaf pickup day.
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