Council approves energy agreement

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — Covington Council approved an agreement for electricity supply during their meeting Monday evening, resulting in cost-savings for the village.

The council waived the three-reading rule and approved entering a 12-month agreement with Interstate Gas Supply, Inc. (IGS) for electricity supply for all village-owned facilities and a street lighting agreement. This replaces the village’s current contract with DPL Energy. IGS recently purchased DPL Energy and has assumed their contracts.

Karl Woschitz of IGS attended the council’s meeting Monday evening to explain their contract with the village, which is expected to save the village around $127 per month or approximately $1,500 by the end of the contract. The contract is for $0.0649 per kilowatt hour (kWh).

Village administrator Mike Busse said that he had looked into ending the village’s former contract with DPL Energy early in order to shop around and possibly enter the village into the electric aggregation program. The cost to leave the contract would have been $9,000, but now that IGS has taken over DPL Energy, IGS worked with the village to replace their current contract and provide the village with some savings.

The contract will end in May 2018. At that time, the village can shop around for their energy generation supplier again.

Also during their meeting, the council approved the rezoning the area of the village from Bridge Street to Broadway and Wenrick to Pearl Street. The area, when it was being developed, was zoned as multi-family homes regardless of whether or not the homes became a single-family residence instead, as residences that are zoned multi-family can also have just a single family living in them.

Busse previously noted during their public hearing on the issue in April that since around 2008, some of those homes have been converted into multi-use apartments without regard to whether or not there was enough parking or adequate water service.

Busse said that the village went to each residence and/or business in that area to see what their current use was, whether or not the home was a single-family residence. In addition to some of the single-family residences being zoned as multi-family homes, some of the residences were actually zoned as businesses when they had not been used as a business for a number of years.

The rezoning of that area is to meant to reflect the properties’ current use. This ordinance was approved after three readings.

The council also waived the three-reading rule and approved a resolution of necessity declaring the need to replace damaged curbs on Debra, Ullery, and Chestnut streets. They authorized Busse to obtain quotes for the cost of the curb replacement.

The council also authorized two purchases during their meeting. The first purchase was of 75 Badger water meters from Buckeye State Pipe. It was approved at a cost of $15,540.

“By the end of the year … we’ll have most of the water meters installed,” said Busse, who estimated the village has around 150 water meters left to replace.

The council also approved the purchase of of a new email/domain controller server from Royal Computer. It was approved at a total cost of $14,782, which includes the server, material, and labor to install the server.

The council also heard the second reading of a resolution of an agreement with McCulloch, Felger, Fite and Gutmann that retains village attorney Frank Patrizio’s services with the village.

During Busse’s administrative report, he noted that the village is anticipating being awarded funding for the Wastewater Treatment Plant phase one improvement project from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, although they are still waiting on official confirmation.

“Everything’s moving forward,” Busse said. “We expect most of the construction to take place this fall with a May 2018 final completion date.”

Busse is also meeting with the city’s engineering consultant, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission to review and discuss the schedule for the High Street Project. The original estimate for the cost of the project is $4.3 million.

“We expect this project to be completed in the 2021-2022 budget year,” Busse said.

Busse also let the council know that the Covington Basic Code is available on the village’s website for the general public to view.

Busse also commended the Covington Police Department and Chief of Police Lee Harmon for the department receiving notification that they are in full compliance with the Ohio Collaborative program.

“It’s really an accomplishment to get that all done,” Busse said.

Busse reminded everyone that the police department is sponsoring a heroin and opiod education seminar on Monday, May 8, from 7-9 p.m. at the Covington K-8 School building, 807 Chestnut St.

The village will also be holding a planning and zoning meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336