BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Trustees didn’t just spar over the decision to contract for police services Monday evening. Placing an electrical aggregation issue on the November ballot also passed on a split 2-1 decision with Trustees Nick Brusky and Joe Flanagan deciding in favor.
The resolution authorizes Acting Administrator Erika Vogel to enter into a three-year contract with Trebel, LLC who would act as the Township’s broker if the measure is passed by voters.
The aggregation would be opt-out, which means that unless a resident were already in a contract with an energy supplier they would automatically be included in the aggregation unless they chose to opt out.
Brusky cited pending electricity rate increases by two of Ohio’s major suppliers and said DP&L would likely follow.
“This makes sense and can directly save residents money,” said Brusky.
Lang objected saying that Trebel had used “high pressure sales” tactics by showing up at Trustees meetings while not on the agenda.
“There are 331 other brokers who do the same thing,” said Lang. “We should see who gives us the best deal, not the first guy in the door.”
Brusky said that Trebel’s fees would be paid by the supplier, and not the Township or its residents and said Trebel was “the first to educate us on this. Their first point of contact with us was in a public meeting.”
Lang urged residents to go to the PUCO website and “take advantage of deregulation.”
The measure will be placed on the November 8 ballot.
In other action, the Board of Trustees appointed Magdalen Pietro to the Board of Zoning Appeals to fill the unexpired term of Pete Baldauf.
They also approved resolutions that:
- Authorize Vogel to enter into an agreement with Miami Valley Lighting to begin changing the Township’s street lights from high pressure sodium fixtures to LED. The changeover will begin in 2020.
- Authorized Vogel to contract with Montgomery County for administration of a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $50,000 for the Willowbrook Subdivision infrastructure improvements. That project will occur in four phases, and a public hearing will be held on June 27, 2016 to discuss assessments for concrete work.
- Declared fire equipment and vehicles surplus and authorized the vehicles to be sold at fair market value.
The Butler Township Trustees will hold their next regular meeting on Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Butler Township Hall, 3780 Little York Road.
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