VAN WERT - Also at Monday's Van Wert City Council meeting, there was discussion of the city's need to have public hearings on the electrical aggregation issue. According to Van Wert County Commission Clerk/Administrator Larry Clouse, two hearings will be held on the matter residents of all political subdivisions that approved an aggregation request on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The public is invited to hear a presentation from Bill Bradish of Palmer Energy Company and to ask questions at either of two public hearings to be held Dec. 14 in the Extension Meeting Room at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. The first hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m. while the second hearing will follow at 7 p.m.

Many townships in the county approved a ballot issue allowing the county commissioners to negotiate an agreement on behalf of residents that would result in a savings of eight percent of electrical generation costs. That would result in the average savings for affected residents of $65-$70 each year. Residents would be able to opt out of the program at the beginning with no fee.

Many people have reported receiving letters from other entities offering discounts on electrical service. At this point, those offers have nothing to do with the plan being offered by the county. The county commissioners have not formally agreed on any specific aggregation plan, although Palmer Energy at this point has offered the highest discount.

Residents of any township or village which approved aggregation at the polls, along with Van Wert city residents who are not customers of an electrical cooperative will take part in the savings program unless they choose to opt out of the program at the outset. There will be another opt out opportunity at the conclusion of the aggregation contract.