Bradford enters low-cost energy contract

By Heather Canan - For the Daily Call

BRADFORD — The village of Bradford council met Thursday night for the second time this month. All council members were present as well as the mayor, village clerk and village administrator. There were three community members and a sheriff’s deputy also in attendance.

In order for the sheriff to get back to work, council asked him first if he had anything for them. The sheriff gave them the current report of calls and things they had responded too. Council did not have any other questions or comments for him.

Rick Looker, village administrator, gave his report. Looker signed the contract with the new low-cost energy company. He said that letters will be going out to residents about the new option. He said that it is low cost and at a good rate. If residents do not reply to this letter, they will automatically be switched to this new plan. If they want to opt out, they must follow the instructions in the letter. Those who wish to find out how they can get out of their current contract and enter into the new one must contact the village office for instructions.

Looker wanted to know what the status was with the school about getting their agreement to move ahead with the Grandview sewage/water line project. Mayor Don Stump said that he and project manager, Brian May, PE, of Access Engineering Solutions, attended the last school board meeting. He said that Maria Brewer had stated that she was aware of an agreement that the school would finish their part of finishing the sewage and water lines on State Route 721, but had never seen actual documentation. Stump said that he would look into it and get back with the board.

The mayor also said the council was a little taken a back by the estimate of $20,000. Council discussed the agreement with the school and said that it has been nearly 15 years since the agreement was signed and that prices obviously went up in time period. Clerk Brenda Selanders was able to find a copy of the agreement and copies were sent to council and the school board. The agreement stated the school would complete the project when it was needed. The agreement also stated that the school would have to put in sidewalks at some point. Council discussed if this should be pressed for at this time but agreed that the main concern was getting the sewage and water lines fixed first. They would revisit this after there has been more discussion with the school board.

Stump also gave an open invitation to the school board for Thursday’s meeting to learn more about the project. No one from the school was present.

The village administrator also informed council that he and Selanders were in the process of wrapping up the budge for this year and would like to have the budget meeting before next months meeting. They will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.

The contract for waste management will be up soon. Looker is to have a meeting with Covington’s administrator to see if they would be interested in working with Bradford as waste management.

All residents of Bradford are welcome to attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

By Heather Canan

For the Daily Call

Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford. Reach her at or (937) 417-4317.

Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford. Reach her at or (937) 417-4317.