Moment with the Mayor for September 29, 2018
Public Service Director Robert Patrick has announced that the rate for City of Wadsworth residents and businesses participating in its gas aggregation program for the next two years has been set at a fixed rate of $3.39 per MCF. The new pricing will begin with the November 2018 billing cycle (appearing on the December bill) and continue through October 2020. Gas prices are climbing, and in light of that, our aggregation provider, American Municipal Power, worked with us to lock in a competitive rate for a two-year period. The new rate is lower than last year's rate of $3.54 per MCF. A review of this week’s one and two-year fixed-rate offerings, as listed by the PUCO and Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, reveals rates higher than our price of $3.39, and some as high as $6.39. Even some of the variable rates are as high as $6.49. The City of Wadsworth’s aggregation pricing has consistently been one of the lowest in the area, and we are pleased to continue to give Wadsworth residents an alternative choice. As it has been for a number of years, the City’s aggregate program supplier will be Interstate Gas Supply. Current customers of the City of Wadsworth Aggregation program with IGS do not need to take any action to receive the new reduced price and will receive notification of the new price by mail, within the next several weeks. City of Wadsworth residents who are currently enrolled with other gas suppliers may call IGS at 1-877-353-0162 to sign up for the City's aggregation program but should note that IGS customer service may not yet have information on the new pricing. Though the new pricing is not in effect until November's gas usage (December's bill), there is a lag time for any new enrollment, so new customers may find it beneficial to sign up now, under the current pricing, to be sure to have that $3.39 pricing in November. Residents should also be aware that switching from another supplier may result in a penalty and that they should check with their current supplier first. Information on gas pricing options may be found at http://www.occ.ohio.gov/gas/choice.shtml or the Apples to Apples comparison chart at http://www.energychoice.ohio.gov. Under aggregation, Dominion Energy will continue to maintain the pipeline system that delivers natural gas, and customers will continue to receive a single bill from Dominion that includes the gas supply charge. Customers should still contact Dominion regarding loss of gas service, odor of gas, or any other concerns or issues having to do with local service. Budget billing and automatic billing options also are handled through Dominion.
Until next week….
Mayor Robin Laubaugh
Moment with the Mayor for September 22, 2018
Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport
Wadsworth Municipal Airport will soon be an operations flight base for a Cleveland Clinic critical care helicopter. Having the Cleveland Clinic Air Transport helicopter service based at Wadsworth municipal airport is certainly a great addition to the emergency response resources available to the greater Wadsworth area and the region. The 24/7 access, 365 days a year service provides the highest level of pre-hospital care and service with seamless transitions to hospital facilities, all aimed at providing for improved patient outcomes.
The Wadsworth Chamber is partnering with United Way of Medina County and Ohio Means Jobs Medina County to host a Job Fair on Friday, November 9th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at Wadsworth Middle School. If your business would like to participate, contact United Way of Medina County. There is no charge for a table; however, pre-registration is required. Prior to the Job Fair, on October 22 at 9:30 a.m., there is a Preparation Day at the Wadsworth Public Library to help job seekers prepare for the upcoming Job Fair, including resume assistance. Space is limited to 15 attendees. To participate as a business at the Job Fair or to register for the Preparation Day, contact Debbie Boehmke at email@example.com
Soprema Café Technology Fair
Soprema Café’s September Customer Appreciation Day/Technology Fair will be held Friday, September 28th, from 11am – 1:30pm. The fair will ease folks into the world of modern technology with fun and interactive displays, and the opportunity to check out the latest tech gadgets while learning from the experts. Lunch will include hot ham & cheese sandwiches, potato chips and banana cake.
Wadsworth High School Alumni Association
The Wadsworth High School Alumni Association (WHSAA) is partnering with ORMACO to present Mo’Mojo on September 29 at 8pm in the James R. McIlvaine Performing Arts Center, 625 Broad Street, Wadsworth, Ohio. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to WHSAA and will be used to award scholarships to WHS graduating seniors. Mo’ Mojo is a family-friendly hard driving, high energy “Pardi-Gras” band, who performs in English and French. Mo’ Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Blues, Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms. Dancers are invited to come early for a Zydeco dance lesson on stage with the band beginning at 6:45 pm and ending at 7:30 pm. Zydeco Bistro food truck will be at the back entrance of Wadsworth High School before the concert starts, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and concessions available during intermission. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available online at www.ormaco.org (credit card processing fee applies), by calling 330-722-2541 or at all Medina County Buehler’s stores. Tickets will be $25 at the door (cash or checks only).
Until next week….
Mayor Robin Laubaugh
Moment with the Mayor for October 6, 2018
Seniors and their caregivers are invited to the Soprema Senior Center, located at 617 School Drive, for the annual Expo and Medicare Check-up event on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The expo will feature health screenings, information from dozens of local organizations and agencies serving seniors as well as the latest information on current Medicare benefits. The event is FREE to the public and will run from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM on Friday, October 26 at the Soprema Senior Center and Community Center Field House. No reservations are necessary, and parking for guests is available in the Soprema Senior Center and Community Center lots. A $5.50 lunch special will be offered in the Soprema Café. Exercise demos, giveaways and chances to win prizes will also be featured. This event is offered by the Soprema Senior Center and funded through the Wadsworth Older Adults Foundation and a Family Caregiver Grant from the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging. For more information, contact Nancy Likens at 330.335.1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Fire Prevention Week
National Fire Prevention Week will be observed during the week of October 7-13, 2018. This year’s theme serves as a reminder to “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere”. According to the National Fire Protection Association, while there has been significant progress made in teaching people how to prevent fires, more education is needed to teach them how to protect themselves if a fire does occur. Because today’s home building materials burn faster, in a typical fire, homeowners may only have a minute or two to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm alerts them. It takes planning and practice to help ensure a safe exit from a burning structure. In addition, the City’s dedicated first responders in the fire, EMS and police departments continually attend training to keep up to date with the latest information and equipment to aid in emergency situations. Please take some time to review your emergency plans with your family members. Valuable information can be found at the National Fire Protection Association’s website at www.nfpa.org.
Until next week……..
Mayor Robin Laubaugh