There will be a Special Council Meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers. This will be a meeting with Tiffany Swigert, the Coshocton Port Authority Director. There will be no action taken.
Building & Property 3/20/2019 at 7:00 PM
The next village council meeting will be held on 3/25/2019 at 7:00 PM
Unless indicated otherwise meeting are in council chambers.
Joint News Release
Coshocton/West Lafayette Water agreement
Monday Feb. 25, 2019
Coshocton Mayor Steve Mercer and West Lafayette Mayor Steve Bordenkircher are very pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached for the Village to purchase water from Coshocton. After the November vote by Village residents and only several months of negotiating, both sides have agreed on the terms and will be presenting to their respective councils on Monday night for first readings. A total of three readings are required with a final majority vote to pass. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings and offer comment or call your local Mayor’s office.
The Ohio EPA has been a leading proponent of this regionalization project and providing substantial funding that is making this long considered partnership possible.
If approved, the tentative schedule is for all funding applications to be finalized this year along with the engineer’s drawings. Groundbreaking early next year should mean the conversion to city water will occur later in 2020.
Burt Park Policy
The Village of West Lafayette’s Burt Park Policy is to allow those reserving a park facility to reserve it for the next year providing notice is provided to the village before the end of the day of use. However, we have found that there is no Burt Park Use and Release Form on file or it is several years old. In an effort to ensure that the village has a current Burt Park Use and Release on file, we will require the following. Those having a reservation for a Burt Park Facility in 2018 must complete a new Burt Park Use and Release Form before March 28, 2018. The release form is available in the village office or by going to the village web page events tab and downloading the form. The form must be submitted to the village office no later than March 28, 2018. Current reservations will be held until March 28, 2018. Failure to timely submit the form will result in the loss of the reservation.
Stephen R. Bordenkircher, Mayor
Village of West Lafayette, Ohio
West Lafayette village council has voted to put electric aggregation on the May 8th ballot. Passing this issue will allow the village to utilize their collective purchasing power to lower the price of electric generation through a bidding process. Village Council has utilized the Ohio Municipal League’s expertise to help us through this process. Participants utilizing the OML gov agg program have estimated savings of $100 per meter annually. Use your community purchasing power to save on your electric generation today. VOTE YES! Supported by your village council. Please contact council with questions/concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is governmental aggregation?
- Governmental aggregation is an easy and effective way for a large group of consumers to save money on their electric bills.
Ohio law allows for communities – such as townships, cities, villages and counties – to form aggregated buying groups to purchase electric generation on behalf of their citizens. By bringing citizens together, the aggregation gains group buying power and typically can negotiate a better price with the supplier than each aggregation group member could have negotiated individually. The governmental aggregator chooses the electric generation supplier for all of the customer-members in its group.
On Election Day, your community will have the issue of electric aggregation on the ballot. By voting FOR electric aggregation, you will allow your locally elected officials to purchase electric generation at a discounted rate for your community.
- How do residents join a governmental aggregation program?
- First, the governmental aggregation issue must be placed on the ballot and then passed by a majority of the voters. Once passed, all eligible residents and small businesses in the community will be enrolled and will begin receiving the discounted generation pricing under the program. Residents do not need to do anything to join the program. However, anyone who does not want to participate in the program can easily opt out by returning a form, which will be mailed to all eligible members.
- What does opt out mean?
- Since all eligible residents are automatically enrolled in the governmental aggregation program, those residents who do not want to participate are given the opportunity to opt out. By returning the opt-out form by the due date, which is included in a letter that is mailed to all eligible residents, residents can choose not to be enrolled as an electric generation customer with the community’s competitive electric generation supplier.
- What happens if I do not send in the opt-out form?
- Governmental aggregation is designed so it is easy for residents to save money on their electric bills. So, if you do not return the opt-out form postmarked by the due date, you will be included in the community’s governmental aggregation program and will begin receiving competitively priced electricity from the community’s competitive electric generation supplier.
- Can I opt out of the program at a later date?
- Yes, you will be sent a notice at least every three years asking if you wish to remain in the program. At that point, you may opt out at no cost. However, if you leave the program at any other time for any reason other than moving, you might be subject to a small cancellation fee from the supplier.
- What are my energy supply choices if I decide to opt out?
- You can stay with your current electric utility, which will continue to supply your electricity as it always has, or you can shop for an alternative generation supplier. A list of competitive electric suppliers certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and their current prices is available by calling 1-800-686-PUCO (1-800-686-7826).
- If I join the community’s electric aggregation program, who will deliver my power, read my meter and respond to emergencies, such as power outages?
- Your local electric utility will be responsible for the delivery of power to your home or business. Since your local electric utility still owns the wires and poles that deliver power to you, it will continue to read your meter and restore power after an outage.