Council agrees to ballot issue

DILLONVALE – Village Council recently approved legislation to place an electricity aggregation issue on the November ballot but did not OK a resolution about a renewal levy.

John Ney, energy consultant from World Energy, explained the governmental electricity aggregation program to council. The program provides an opportunity for residential and small business consumers to participate collectively in the potential benefits of electricity deregulation through lower electricity rates which would not otherwise be available to those electricity customers individually.

The village may join with another municipal corporation and/or township to obtain a better discounted rate.

This program wouldn’t take effect unless approved by the majority of electors voting on the program. If approved, Ney would file an application with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. It takes about 30 days to receive certification and once that’s received, World Energy would contact the American Electric Power database for information on energy suppliers and seek bids to purchase and negotiate the best rate for consumers who want to sign up.

If a resident is currently on AEP’s budget plan, that person could stay on the budget plan with the third party supplier. The aggregation program would renew every two years.

No motion was made on the third reading of a resolution to place a 1.5-mill renewal levy for current expenses on the November ballot.

Council would like for a resolution to be drawn up for a new 4-mill levy to be placed on the May ballot for current expenses.

Given approval was a resolution to amend the annual appropriation ordinance because of additional resources received.

Also, council adopted a resolution to accept the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

In other matters, Brian Driscoll was hired as part-time chief of police and is to serve the customary 90-day probationary period. This action was taken after an executive session to discuss the two applications received for the post.

The Ohio Department of Transportation requested the village’s assistance regarding signage at passive grade crossings. The stop sign has become the primary device to be used at passive crossing, and ODOT’s traffic engineering manual has been updated to provide guidance regarding criteria for the installation of stop signs at crossings.

ODOT asked that village officials analyze two crossings – Fair and Second streets – and to identify the crossings for which the village would like to apply for an exemption from the stop sign.

A motion was approved to request exemptions at Fair and Second streets, and the clerk is to make the exemption request to ODOT and to check on the Main Street crossing. Also, Wheeling and Lake Erie is being requested to fix the crossings.

The recreation committee reported the roof on the shelter at the Dillonvale Community Park has been completed. It was noted if the water department can’t fix the drinking fountain, the village will buy a new one with recreation grant funds.

Councilwoman Trisha Painter reported the Jefferson County Regional Planning Commission had picked six houses that might be torn down in the village, and she was asked to check on them. She sent pictures of the properties to the commission. Two of the houses already have been torn down. The properties being discussed are delinquent in taxes.

A list of properties having high grass and weeds was given to the clerk.

Mayor’s court receipts in June totaled $240 with $133 going to the village, $29 to the computer fund, $3 to the Ohio Dependent Alcohol Fund and $75 to the state.

Council’s next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the municipal building.