MOUNT VERNON — Letters explaining residents’ choices about the gas aggregate program in the city will be sent out next week, said Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis.
City residents voted in November to allow the city to use an outside company to negotiate a price with gas companies. The city and outside agency decided to purchase from Volunteer Energy Services Inc., which will offer aggregate members 10 percent off Columbia Gas of Ohio’s monthly gas cost recovery rate charge.
The letter being sent will explain some of that program and what city residents need to do to be included or not included in the program. It will also include a phone number residents can call if they have other questions about the program.
“The letter should go out sometime next week. We’re on schedule to convert to the program on March 1,” Mavis said.
The city is also getting ready for a couple of major projects which are scheduled to be worked on in 2009. Mavis said the city received its first bid for the Gay Street improvement project on Thursday. Officials are expecting to open those bids in mid-February, with the project being awarded by the first of March. That project will include the removal of bricks and paving of the street, as well as work on the water line along the street.
In other news, Mavis said the city is looking into the parking monitor situation again after the employee resigned recently. The police department is looking for a replacement, and council is expected to discuss the monitor prior to its meeting Monday.