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Utility supplier to be chosen

Aggregation resolutions passed by council

Both aggregation resolutions, regarding natural gas and electric, in front of Ironton City Council Thursday evening passed.

Resolution 16-10, to adopt a plan of operation and governance for natural gas governmental aggregation, and Resolution 16-11, to adopt a plan of operation and governance for electric governmental aggregation were given their readings. Rich Blankenship made a motion to pass 16-10 with Bob Cleary seconding and Cleary made a motion to pass 16-11 with Dave Frazer seconding. Both were unanimously passed by the five present council members. Beth Rist and Kevin Waldo were not at the meeting.

The city of Ironton will serve as the aggregator working with a third-party supplier in an agreement that will provide Ironton residents the lowest rates. An assessment by Aspen Energy will determine which company will serve as that third-party supplier.

Also at council:

Ordinance 16-07, authorizing and directing the mayor to negotiate and enter into an agreement for engineering and design services with E.L. Robinson Engineering Company, Inc. regarding the floodwall improvement/pump station #6 project and declaring an emergency, which was referred to finance committee at the previous meeting, was referred to the Public Utilities Committee to go over scope and cost before it is referred back to finance committee to be ready for the vote.

Resolution 16-06, authorizing the approval of the contract for services agreement with the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, Inc. (CAO), which was tabled and referred to finance committee at the previous meeting was passed after receiving a favorable recommendation from finance committee.

Ordinance 16-15, authorizing the mayor to award bids for the purchase of chemicals for this year, was given its first reading.

Resolution 16-09, naming the city of Ironton appointment to the District 15 Public Works Integrating Committee, was passed.

Resolutions 16-12 and 16-13, to authorize the mayor to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio Public Works Commission State Capital Improvement and/or Local Transportation Improvement programs for the Third Street waterline rehabilitation and the third phase of the storm/sanitary sewers separation project respectively, were both passed.

Pastor Bob Bradley, of Campbell Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, also began the council meeting leading a prayer and thanking council for allowing his church to provide food for community children. He said about 280 children are provided with meals each weekend.