Lake Twp. opposed to light bulb bills PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 12 November 2013 11:14
MILLBURY - The Lake Township Trustees are hoping to turn the lights out on two Ohio bills.
Senate Bill 58 and House Bill 302 could raise electric bills and lead to huge profits for power companies, according to a resolution passed at Wednesday's meeting.
"We oppose these hidden fees and the expensive items they're trying to slip through in this bill," said trustee chairwoman Melanie Bowen.
According to the resolution, the bills would require that each time someone buys a single energy-saving light bulb, $20 will go to First Energy to compensate for electricity it no longer distributes.
"When consumers pay for energy-efficient light bulbs, products and upgrades it is unconscionable that the power company should charge us for the power it no longer distributes," the resolution said.
Police Chief Mark Hummer, who is also the township administrator, said he will personally deliver copies of the resolution to Ohio Sen. Randy Gardner and Ohio Rep. Tim Brown, both R-Bowling Green, at a meeting this week.
Copies will also be mailed to Gov. John Kasich, the Wood County Commissioners and to each member of the House and Senate committees hearing these bills.
Also at the meeting, the trustees:
• Approved spending $9,518 with Carnegie Federal Body Co. to provide preventative maintenance for fire department vehicles and apparatus.
• Decided to spend $2,500 to MITRAS Co. for annual pump and ladder testing for the fire department vehicles and apparatus.
• Voted to spend $1,995 for 100 cubic yards of GT impact-engineered wood fiber from David Williams and Assoc., Alliance, to be used at the playground at Moline Meadows Park.
• Approved purchasing a Husqvarna 576 XP AutoTune chainsaw from W.F. Smithers, Walbridge, for $948. It is replacing a broken ventilation saw used at structure fires.
• Heard Fiscal Officer Vicki Schwamberger report that she and a staff member are researching cemetery software. The township cemetery's current records are on index cards and the sexton, Gary Schulte, is retiring next year. Bowen said Schulte's "wealth of knowledge" needs to be captured before he leaves. Schwamberger hopes to have information by the end of the year.
• Heard a Moline woman say she was concerned about zoning regulations not being followed, specifically a tractor-trailer parked almost permanently in the neighborhood.
• Heard Trustee Ron Sims thank family, friends and supporters. He lost his trustee seat in Tuesday's election after serving on and off for 20 years.

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