Athens City Council discusses new landscaping regulations, passes energy agreement with AEP — The New Political
At the virtual meeting on Monday evening, the Athens City Council discussed an ordinance amending the part of the City Code on the rules for landscaping.
Councilor Chris Fahl presented the ordinance, which was read for the first time on Monday evening. It would require native plants to be planted via invasive or harmful plants, in addition to creating a tree bench and festival tree program.
“(The ordinance will be) the creation of a tree bank for the city so that we have the opportunity to defuse companies or commercial landscaping that cannot plant as many trees as required off-site,” said Fahl. “Then we have a festival tree program where you can celebrate any kind of celebration by buying a tree for the city.”
This regulation was followed by a series of three environmental regulations, all of which were introduced by Fahl. The ordinances are voted on after they have been read twice at regular committee meetings.
The city council also passed an ordinance allowing Mayor Steve Patterson to sign a purchase agreement with AEP Energy for 2019. The regulation was adopted at first reading after the Council suspended rules that require a regulation to be consulted three times before voting.
“This ordinance, as mentioned earlier, aims to set the tariff with AEP Energy, which is offered at 0.04758 cents per kilowatt hour,” said Councilor Sam Crowl.
The regulation contains two agreements – one with a duration of 24 months and one with a duration of 25 months.
“They split up the municipal land in Athens,” said Crowl. “One of the agreements lists 41 service locations or properties, the other 37. The important thing is that both are for this price of 0.04758.”
After Crowl introduced the regulation, Fahl questioned whether or not renewable energies were included in this regulation. Matt Roberts, director of marketing at Ohio’s Sustainable Public Energy Council (SOPEC), stated that the electricity it supplies is not considered renewable and that the city will impose a carbon fee of $ 2 per megawatt per hour.
“We had avoided doing this (renewable energy) on behalf of the city of Athens because those prices had increased exponentially over the past year,” said Roberts. “What was done instead, and discussed in committee, was that the City of Athens will impose a carbon fee on this rate.”
In other business areas:
Council Chairman Chris Knisely said the city would install water pipes at various points and at various intersections of Stimson Avenue due to the ongoing Stimson Avenue project.
Athens City Council discussed an ordinance confirming the disposal of unneeded fire fighting equipment after fire chief Robert Rymer disposed of the equipment without the council’s consent