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Russells Point approves Affinity Energy Program

The Village of Russells Point council conducted their second February meeting Monday night.

Highlighting the meeting was the council’s passage of a long-discussed ordinance providing village residents flexibility when choosing an energy provider. Presently, users pay $0.0650 per kilowatt hour through DPL Energy. The new plan, which is not available for commercial use, potentially can lower the rate to $0.0625 per kilowatt hour.

Mayor Robin Reames heard concerns from council about the amount of door-to-door solicitation that DPL will be able to do in order to promote the plan. Reames said that DPL will be allowed to follow their normal procedures unless complaints from residents occur.

The plan could become available in 30 days.

Police Chief Joe Freyhof received approval to write a grant to have the tasers used by the department replaced by ones that pass recently updated safety guidelines.

The auxiliary police officer compensation program continues to be a heavily-debated topic. Presently, auxiliary officers have to volunteer 16 hours a month. Scheduling compensated hours around the volunteer time is the issue. Council approved a measure to have Police Chief Freyhof, the fiscal officer, and village solicitor meet to formulate an ordinance to present to council at the next meeting that addresses the issue.

With three readings, Mayor Reames felt confident that a reasonable solution to the problem could occur.

In the final action, the board approved $250 worth of gravel to fill the potholes and smooth out the entrance to the baseball fields.

The next meeting will be March 4th at 7:00 pm at the municipal building.

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