Milan among communities that must pay

But for what?
Aaron Krause
Jul 24, 2014

 

Seven years ago, the village signed onto a joint venture through AMP Ohio to find the lowest possible electric cost for customers.

Flash forward seven years to today and the soft-coal power plant at the center of the venture was never built due to large cost overruns. Still, village electric customers will have to pay a rough estimate of $1.25 extra per month for the next 15 years to cover costs associated with the planned plant in Meigs County.

AMP Ohio purchased the property on which the plant was to be built.

In 2004, then village administrator Jim Brown, who currently is on council, recommended against the idea of signing onto the venture. Nothing was done until 2007 when, under a different administration, council voted to sign onto the venture. The only council member still on the body is John Fox. All council members who were on the body at the time voted in favor of partaking in the venture.

Other council members were the now late Arthur Dickman, David Jenkins, Nina Kovesdi, Richard Maloney and Lois Wolf.

So even though the power plant was never built, Milan and other communities that signed onto the venture will have to pay.

“We were a very small piece of the pie,” village fiscal officer Mary Bruno said

Bruno said the village will pay a minumum total of $162,971 over the next 15 years, which comes out to $905.39 per month.

Robert Bickley was mayor and Bruce Bowie was administrator when council voted  to join on in 2007.

“Sometimes we make decisions that go south,” Mayor Steve Rockwell said during Wednesday’s council meeting. “It’s a tough pill to swallow for this village. It is what it is.”

Brown said the estimate of customers having to pay $1.25 extra per month is just that — an estimate. The purchase cost adjustment is based on how much electricity people use, he said.

Bruno said when council members voted to join onto the venture, they didn’t use electrical consultant John Courtney to advise them. 

He now is their electrical consultant and he recommended the village’s payment schedule. 

Comments

truckin

I love how ALL gov. officials say stuff like "sometimes we make decisions that go south".
and.... It's ALWAYS with other peoples money.
anybody tell me ANY decision for "possible reduction" that has EVER, NOT turned into extra "unexpected cost".
Local? State? Federal?
I wonder if ANY investigation will happen toward if any of the "decision makers" had an "personal interest" in this deal?

bnjjad

" It's ALWAYS with other peoples money." - It will always be with other peoples money, considering that is how the government is funded. (it also includes their money too since they are citizens of the same area).

truckin

Missing the Whole Point!
No accountability, No regard, and if they find themselves doing without. The POWER to give themselves a raise. So enough with your intellectual liberal hogwash.
and let's not forget the kickbacks....whether in monetary or personal favors. I want to know who had something to gain on a personal level.
Start cleaning house from the bottom (small town) then work up (president) .

or will i just be dismissed as some looney conspiracy monger?
Then those people will be excused from EVER explaining further!

bnjjad

I am not missing the whole point. I was just pointing out a fact. I don't like this situation anymore than you do.

How do you even know if there was a gain on a personal level? Could it be they were trying to do better but AMP changed the program?

As far as I am concerned, Milan should disband this electric co-op. All it has done is screw with the residents.

So take your rant somewhere else.

truckin

I don't know if personal gain was sought.....
BUT without checks/questions from folks like me, how would you ever know?

Thumper

I certainly would start asking what you get for the money paid out in the next 15 years? Are you going to own a part of the land purchased by AMP Ohio or is the project bankrupt and somebody made off with a lot of money somewhere? If assets are gone and bankrupt why are communities still on the hook? Should of been bankrupt and cleared with remaining assets.

William Jeffers...

Meigs County? ROFLMFAO!