Village of Mantua
Minutes from Public Hearing
For Plan of Governance and Operations between
The Village of Mantua and First Energy Corporation
June 15th, 2010
Mayor Hawkins called the public hearing to order at 7:04 p.m. This hearing is required for the formation of an electric aggregation by the Village of Mantua.
Roll Call: Donna Hawkins, Linda Clark, Linda Schilling, Marty Hura, Ben Prescott, Roger Hawkins, Giles Seith.
Others Present: Clerk-Treasurer Jenny August, Asst. Clerk Susan Skrovan, Police Chief Harry Buchert, Village Administrator Ed Trego, Solicitor Michele Stuck, Brian Rogers with C.T. Consultants.
Public: Brenda Fargo with First Energy Solutions, Dave Woolf, Pearl Campbell, Norm Erickson, Lisa Zamecnik, John Clark, Wes Hawkins, Patsi & Bill Gast, Bill Zoller, Lauren & Randy Weaver, Audrey Baron, Tom Aldrich and many others.
Mayor Hawkins introduced Brenda Fargo with First Energy Solutions. Donna stated the Issue was put on the May 4 ballot and passed by voters. The first step is the Governance Plan; by State Law, it must be formally adopted after two public hearings.
Brenda Fargo explained the program in detail. All residents will receive an “Opt-Out” letter. There is a 6% savings for residents and 4% for small businesses. You will have 21 days to opt-out; the bottom part of the letter is to be sent back. If you decide to take no action, you will be enrolled in the program. Ohio Edison will also send a letter to verify your decision. It is a three-year program. Those who are on a budget program should take a close look before they switch. Some of the costs will fluctuate on this program. All electric homes will get a 4% discount over and above what they are being billed now, for the next year. The 6% savings for all other residents is on the transmission and generation part of your bill; the distribution will not be part of the discount. For power outages or any problems, you would still contact Ohio Edison.
Motion to close the public hearing made by B. Prescott with a second from L. Schilling. All ayes on vote. Public hearing was closed at 7:15 p.m.
Mayor Donna Hawkins
Clerk-Treasurer Jenny August