Community fireworks to be held June 25

By Nick Walton -

ST. PARIS – The village of St. Paris will hold community fireworks on June 25 at the Graham Middle and Elementary schools.

Mayor Joe Reneer said during Monday’s regular council meeting events for children will start at 4 p.m. and fireworks will start at dusk. Events for children include a foam pit, three-legged race, bouncy houses, firefighter challenge, water balloon toss and a pizza eating contest.

Reneer said the Johnson-St. Paris Volunteer Firefighters Association will be accepting donations to continue providing this event for the community. Council approved donating $500 towards the community fireworks.

Reneer also reminded residents that the village garage sale day will be on June 18. He said the village’s population nearly doubles on that day and asked drivers and pedestrians to proceed safely.

Electric aggregation presentation

During Monday’s meeting, council listened to a presentation on opt-out electricity and natural gas aggregation for residents.

Jordan Haarmann, Procurement Manager for Affordable Gas and Electric, said in Ohio residents and business have the ability to shop for electricity and natural gas rates on their own.

“The municipal aggregation program combines everybody in town to shop for a bulk negotiated rate and it’s not just St. Paris. It would be the other communities that we’re working with that are putting referendums on the November ballot and allowing their voters to decide if aggregation is the way that they want to go or if they want to continue to shop for electricity and natural gas rates on their own,” Haarmann said.

Haarmann said the company has met with communities in the counties of Logan, Shelby, Darke and Miami to gauge interest in putting a question on the ballot for residents to decide if they want to negotiate a bulk rate. He noted the company currently does not have any other commitments from Champaign County.

If put on the ballot, Haarmann said, there would be two separate ballot questions: One for electricity and one for natural gas. If the ballot issues passed, Haarmann said, the company would serve as a consultant or broker for the village responsible for finding the best rate, securing negotiations with suppliers and making sure the process is done correctly.

No action was taken following the presentation.

In other action:

•Council approved a resolution for supplemental appropriations increasing appropriations for a contractual services line item from $0 to $5,400 to pay for mosquito spraying for the village.

•Council approved a street closure at Church Street and Walnut Street for a block party on June 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the St. Paris United Methodist Church.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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