Shadyside council focuses on electric

SHADYSIDE – Village council Monday night discussed the possibility of having electric aggregation on the ballot in May. The village has decided to go with Aspen Energy.

“This is a good thing,” said Councilman Tim Merryman. “The street lights have been on it and it has saved us $18,000 to $20,000. The benefit would be lower rates.”

Residents have the chance to opt out of it if they choose to and they can do that at any time.

The absence of Councilman Bob Bell and Councilman John Tipton meant that legislation could not be passed on this. Five votes are needed to pass legislation. The first reading was done and there will be a special meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 30 at noon.

Mayor Bob Newhart reported that he deposited $786 for the month of January. The minor building permits were accepted.

The police department recently purchased a new portable breathalizer as a replacement for a previous one.

All the council members commended Street Commissioner Jay Meek and his crew for taking care of the roads and keeping them clean.

“The guys have done a great job,” said Meek.

Meek said that he has had to order more cinders and will be ordering more rock salt because he does not want to run out.

Meek also said that in the future, they need a better way to store the salt. Right now, the only cover age is the large mound of salt that has a tarp and it is not protecting the salt from water, which is making the salt hard to spread.

Van Dyne can be reached at kvandyne@timesleaderon