POMEROY — Pomeroy Council unanimously voted to reverse a previous decision to place the Palmer Energy Opt-Out electricity aggregation plan on the November ballot.
During the July 23 regular meeting, Pomeroy Council voted 3-1 (Ruth Spaun voting no) to place the proposed plan before the voters.
During the Aug. 1 special meeting council members reversed that decision.
When the plan was presented to council by Kathy Teigland of Palmer Energy Company during the July 9 meeting, council members were given the idea that the commissioners had approved of the plan. The opt-out program would have been similar to the gas opt-out program voted into place a few years ago.
Since the approval at the July 23 meeting, Mayor Mary McAngus spoke with the commissioners about the plan.
During the special meeting, McAngus read a letter to members of council which she had received from the Meigs County Commissioners regarding the proposed plan.
The letter reads in part:
We the Board of the Meigs County Commissioners, have been approached numerous times by companies interested in the County’s energy needs. Some are interested in our county buildings alone, and some with a county-wide opt out plan that would need to be presented for a vote on the county election ballot.
We, the Commissioners, are interested in these proposals as they may reflect a savings in our energy bills. But in light of the ongoing hearings between the energy providers and the PUCO which we get almost daily correspondence from, it seems there is a lot of uncertainties in this direction. So, we are not at this time entered into any agreement, nor do we have immediate plans of presenting this to the voters of the county. We will continue to monitor this activity and at any time it would appear to be good for the county, we will certainly make it known and be available for public hearings and comments before a vote.
Present at the meeting were council members Jackie Welker, Dru Reed, Robert Payne and Ruth Spaun, McAngus, and clerk Sonya Wolfe.
The next Pomeroy Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13 at Pomeroy Village Hall.