BRADFORD — During their recent second monthly meeting the Bradford Village Council was given information to look over about affordable electric rates. If accepted, this item will be put on the November ballot.
According to affordableelectricrates.com, “Ohio law allows for local communities to join their residents together to shop for electricity and natural gas as a group, thereby gaining bulk buying power to solicit the lowest price for the group’s electricity and natural gas supply needs.”
If council accepts to join this program and enter it on the November ballot, there is still no obligation to sign up.
Sue Vickroy addressed the council about doing a Christmas lighting again this year in Iddings Park. She asked if the village would be able to donate the electricity again this year. She also thought it would be great if they could add lights to the caboose this year. Council voted and agreed to provide the electricity and commented how nice it turned out last year. Vickroy said there will be donation containers around town if anyone would like to help improve the project.
Tom Aultman wanted to thank the council and village for their help with the sewage issues on Grandview Drive and in front of the school. He also wanted to be proactive with offering any help or assistance with the unoccupied properties on Grandview. He said he was willing to mow properties that were unattended, but it was getting so bad that he didn’t have the equipment to do so. He also was unsure what the protocol was in situations like this.
Rick Looker informed him that the village has already started on trying to get ahold of the individuals who own these properties. He said that they have sent registered letters out but have had issues finding these individuals. He said as soon as he has signatures the owners will be given five days to mow their properties. If they do not, the village will come in and do so and owners will be sent the bill.
Deb Warner made a motion to accept an offer from Covington Savings and Loan to transfer the title to 204 N. Miami Ave. to the village in agreement that the building on the property be removed and land used only for business purposes. The motion was passed.
Desi Layman made a motion to let MT Excavating demo the property for $6,125 providing it can be finished by Sept. 30, 2015. This motion was also passed a carried.
Village Administrator Rick Looker said they were able to raise just enough money to put on the Movie in the Park this year. The movie that will be shown at dark on Aug. 8 is “Frozen.”
The village council meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.
Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.