NOPEC Press Release

ELECTRIC CUSTOMERS WILL PAY THE PRICE FOR LEGISLATION TO PROP UP NUCLEAR PLANTS
 
Latest Attack On Free Market Helps Big Utilities While Hurting Consumers
 
(Solon, Ohio) – The proposal introduced this week in the Ohio Legislature forcing Northern Ohio electric customers to subsidize uncompetitive and aging nuclear plants will further erode Ohio’s march toward a free market energy economy and cost consumers billions of dollars, said the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC).
 
“We oppose this bill,” said Chuck Keiper, executive director of NOPEC. “This is yet another subsidy for big utilities that hit Northern Ohio electric customers in their pocketbooks. People who believe in a free market must defeat this bad idea.”
 
The legislation would create zero-emission credits for FirstEnergy Corp.’s Perry Nuclear Power Plant and the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station near Toledo. Under the proposal, the credits would be paid for by increasing electric rates for individuals and businesses up to 5 percent of their June 2015 total rate. The rate increase would hit 2 million Northern Ohio electric customers, including over 480,000 NOPEC customers.
 
NOPEC is a nonprofit council of governments that helps communities negotiate better deals on electricity and natural gas and currently offers energy choice to electric customers in 13 Northern Ohio counties.
 
“We’re not chipping away at the free market system. We’re taking chunks out of it,” said Ron McVoy, chairman of the NOPEC Board of Directors and a North Kingsville Village councilman. “We’re going to stand up for the free market and for our electric consumers.”
 

Do Not Knock Registry

Tired of unwanted door-to-door sales? Sign up for the Do Not Knock Registry at blocktheknock.com.

How will a door-to-door solicitor know to not come to my house? Solicitors must request a permit from the Sheffield Township Fiscal Officer, Pat Echko, to be able to sell door-to-door. At that time, Pat will provide them with the Do Not Knock Registry listing the addresses that they are not allowed to go to. You will also receive a Do Not Knock window cling to place near your front door for further notification to solicitors that you’re on the Do Not Knock Registry.

Does the Do Not Knock Registry prevent ALL door-to-door solicitors from coming to my house? No. Non-profit organizations are still allowed to knock on your door.

What should you do if a solicitor still knocks on your door? Ask what organization they’re with. Non-profit organizations like public schools or churches are not regulated by the same rules as for-profit solicitors. Request identification. If you feel the solicitor is in violation of the Do No Knock Registry contact Pat or one of the Trustees to report them. And remember never, ever give anyone a copy of your utility bill.

For more information, go to blocktheknock.com.

THE NORTHEAST OHIO PUBLIC ENERGY COUNCIL (NOPEC)

Our new relationship manager for NOPEC is Pat McNamara.  If any of the Sheffield Township residents have a problem with electric or natural gas, please contact Pat McNamara at 440.249.7832, 440.623.3455, or pmcnamara@nopecinfo.org.

If another company solicits electric or gas quotes, ask if they have a solicitor’s permit from Sheffield Township. Pat Echko, Fiscal Officer, issues the permits. She can be reached at 440.324.9462 or pat.echko@sheffieldtownship.com.

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) serves members in over 200 communities within 13 counties in Northeast Ohio. For 15 years, they have saved communities and members more than $260 million in cumulative energy savings.
 
Benefits for NOPEC Residential Customers:
  • Discounted energy rates negotiated exclusively for NOPEC customers
  • myNOPEC – A free online resource for NOPEC members
  • Interactive Tip House – Energy saving tips for every season
For questions regarding your electric bill or service call Ohio Edison at 800.633.4766. For questions regarding your natural gas bill contact Columbia Gas of Ohio at 800.344.4077.

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New Supplier Press Release

NOPECNOPEC, NextEra Energy team up to provide low price electricity to 500,000 Ohio customers with added sustainability focus.

(Solon, Ohio) – The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) has reached an agreement for NextEra Energy Services Ohio, LLC (NESO) to become the supplier of electricity for a program that currently serves almost 500,000 customers in 13 Northern Ohio counties.

This three-year agreement with NESO will replace the current electricity supply contract for NOPEC customers. In late October, NOPEC’s current supplier announced that it was terminating its contract effective January 2017. The NESO agreement will commence as the current contract ends.

NOPEC’s new agreement with NESO assures that its customers will continue to receive the benefits of NOPEC membership which have resulted in about $250 million of electric cost savings to date. NOPEC considers itself most fortunate to have a new supplier with both an extremely strong financial standing and a nationally-recognized brand in the clean energy space, said Chuck Keiper, executive director of NOPEC.

NOPEC customers should expect to receive their opt-out notices for service under the new program in the next few weeks.

“We’re thrilled to expand our relationship with NESO,” Keiper said. “This is a world-class clean energy company and we know that NOPEC electricity customers will be in very capable hands.”

NESO and NOPEC have entered into a separate agreement under which NESO will provide NOPEC with additional EarthEraTM Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for 2017 that, when added to the RECs specifically required by applicable Ohio Renewables Portfolio Standard, will equal 50% of NOPEC customers’ energy usage in NOPEC’s footprint. Besides the provision of this increased REC quantity, NOPEC’s EarthEra program participation is also expected to direct over $10 million of NESO’s electricity sales revenues from these 13 Northern Ohio counties to be used for the construction of future NextEra Energy Resources renewable energy projects. This separate agreement will not result in any additional costs to NOPEC customers.

“All of this is good news on the green and renewable energy front,” NOPEC’s Keiper said. “NOPEC knows that it’s fostering a more sustainable future and that $10 million of NESO’s revenue is guaranteed to be spent on building new renewable energy generation.”

NESO’s parent is the largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun in North America. NOPEC and NESO have been working together to purchase Ohio-sourced natural gas and provide low- cost service to over 300,000 customers in 173 member communities since April 2014, and electricity to AEP member communities since August 2015.

Under the NOPEC-NESO retail electric aggregation supply agreement, customers will receive initial pricing from January 2017 through the summer high-demand period that will generate savings comparable to the expiring NOPEC contract savings. After the initial price period, customers will receive competitive variable rates based on favorable wholesale purchase prices than available in the market. There will be zero cancellation or early termination fees.

NOPEC-NESO electricity customers also will have the option to choose a variable rate that will mirror the percentage off utility price savings contained in the expiring contract. That variable rate will be available for as many as 10,000 customers.

“Our focus and goal since our recent contract termination has been to quickly find a supplier so that the power and savings would keep flowing to NOPEC customers as seamlessly as possible,” Keiper said. “But we also knew it was crucial to find a financially strong company that was first-in-class among energy suppliers. With NESO, we have all that, plus the familiarity from our existing successful partnerships. This is a slam-dunk and a great opportunity for our customers.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to expand our business relationship with NOPEC and increase our business presence in the Buckeye State. We have been working hard to deliver results for NOPEC over many years now, and the level of confidence that they have expressed in our capabilities is quite humbling,” said Vice President of NESO Mark Palanchian.

For more information on the new NOPEC-NESO electricity agreement, visit NOPEC’s website atwww.nopecinfo.org/electricupdate or call 855-667-3201 (855-NOPEC01).

About the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council: The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is the largest public retail aggregation in the United States. Our members are communities (residential and small businesses) throughout Northeast Ohio. Currently, we serve more than 200 communities in 13 counties. For 15 years we have saved our communities and members more than a quarter of a billion dollars in cumulative electric savings and have provided more than $16 million in NOPEC community energy efficiency grants. Our flagship product, myNOPEC, is an online tool designed to help our members to understand that they have the power to control how much energy they use through rebates, energy saving tips and products, and technologies offered through our online store. For more information about NOPEC or how to become a member of myNOPEC, visit us at nopecinfo.org.

About NextEra Energy Ohio, LLC.: NextEra Energy Ohio, LLC is the Ohio retail affiliate of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). NEE is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion, and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP), as of April 2016.  For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: NextEraEnergy.com, FPL.com, NextEraEnergyResources.com.

FirstEnergy & NOPEC

NOPECFirstEnergy Solutions (FES) has recently terminated its agreement with Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) for the energy aggregation program serving your community. The termination is effective in January 2017.

Both FES and NOPEC have separately reached out to you to provide notice of this termination and to supply you with suggested Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to assist you in communicating with your community members.  Toward the mutual goal of reducing customer confusion, NOPEC and FES have conferred and developed a set of jointly approved FAQs: Final Joint NOPEC-FES FAQs.pdf .

We ask that you please use this revised FAQ and replace any prior version or suggested customer communication you may have previously received from either FES or NOPEC.

Update from the Fire Department

imagesThe Sheffield Township Fire Department hopes that all of our residents have enjoyed a safe summer full of memorable moments.

Our department has answered 713 calls including EMS, Fire, and various service requests this year. We have continued our quests to obtain grants for equipment. The state of Ohio has awarded us $2,700 for the purchase of non- consumable EMS equipment which we will use to keep our ambulances equipped and give our members the most advanced tools to assist them in saving lives. Our department has also applied for a Federal Grant to obtain a new fire hose; unfortunately, the grant was not approved. The Fire Department also has two members preparing to attend Fire Academy in the fall. We will continue to research ways to obtain updated equipment and training to lessen the burden on our residents.

As we approach the fall and winter months we would like to pass on a few safety tips:

Please be alert of Motorcycles they will remain
on the road as long as weather permits and as we all have seen in the news there is an increased number of motorcycle accidents and deaths lately.

Get your chimney inspected each year to make sure it is clean and safe.

Do not forget to change smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries when you turn your clock back on the first Sunday in November.

Test your carbon monoxide detector and smoke detectors monthly to assure proper performance.

Remember that it is illegal to burn leaves and yard waste in the State of Ohio. Small fire pits consuming clean seasoned wood are permitted as long as they meet state fire code regulations and they do not create a nuisance for your neighbors (smoke in their windows, hot embers flying onto their property, etc.). If we receive a complaint our crews will either extinguish the fire or request that the fire be extinguished by the homeowner.

Do not use candles in Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns; it is much safer to use flashlights or LED imitation candles.

Assure that your kids Halloween Costumes are made with flame retardant materials.

Assure that all holiday lights, decorations, and extension cords have been tested by an organization such as Factory Mutual or Underwriters Laboratory and are in good working order.

As always, plan multiple escape routes, safe places, and meeting places with your children in case of an emergency. Teach your children how and when to dial 911 and how to stop, drop, and roll.

Zoning Updates

zoning-real-estate-termThe Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department would like to update residents on some recent changes in our resolutions, and also send out a reminder with regard to other items.

Take pride in your property. Keep it clean, neat, and orderly; and encourage your neighbors to do the same. As a community, the cleanliness and upkeep of every property in Sheffield Township affect the values of all of our properties.

Please report illegal dumping when you see it. If we receive enough information such as license plate numbers, descriptions of the vehicles, or persons, the Lorain County Sherriff’s Department is very good at following up and prosecuting those apprehended for illegal littering.

Following are some details from the Ohio Revised code which dictate how the Township resolutions are structured:

Recently in Sheffield Township it became necessary to pass a resolution to prohibit owning and raising poultry on lots less than one acre in size. This is consistent and in compliance with Ohio Revised Code Section 303.21, in particular, subsection B, items 1,2 & 3 under subsection B. This O.R.C. code is listed for your consideration and understanding.

303.21 Limitations on powers – Agricultural Purposes

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, sections 303.01 to 303.25 of the Revised Code do not confer any power on any county rural zoning commission, board of county commissioners, or board of zoning appeals to prohibit the use of any land for agricultural purposes or the construction or use of buildings or structures incident to the use for agricultural purposes of the land on which such buildings or structures are located, and no zoning certificate shall be required for any such building or structure.

(B) A county zoning resolution, or an amendment to such resolution, may in any platted subdivision approved under section 711.05, 711.09, or 711.10 of the Revised Code, or in any area consisting of fifteen or more lots approved under section 711.131 of the Revised Code that are contiguous to one another, or some of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to one side of a dedicated public road, and the balance of which are contiguous to one another and adjacent to the opposite side of the same dedicated public road regulate:

(1) Agriculture on lots of one acre or less;
(2) Buildings or structures incident to the use of land for agricultural purposes on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres by: set back building lines; height; and size;
(3) Dairying and animal and poultry husbandry on lots greater than one acre but not greater than five acres when at least thirty-five percent of the lots in the subdivision are developed with at least one building, structure, or improvement that is subject to real property taxation or that is subject to the tax on manufactured and mobile homes under section 4503.06 of the Revised Code. After thirty-five percent of the lots are so developed, dairying and animal and poultry husbandry shall be considered non-conforming use of land and buildings or structures pursuant to section 303.19 of the Revised Code.

Disabled and Unlicensed Vehicles – Section 1511

As a reminder, it is prohibited in Sheffield Township to have disabled, or unlicensed vehicles un-garaged in Sheffield Township. This Resolution is listed in detail under Section 1511 of the Sheffield Township Zoning Resolutions. If you have vehicles that have not been operable, and they have been sitting for more than two months, please have them removed from your property or park them inside of a garage so they are out of sight. They cannot remain parked in plain view.

The same applies to vehicles that are operable, but unlicensed. Residents must either park the vehicle in a garage, or get an up to date license tag for that particular vehicle. If these two options are not acted on, the vehicle must be removed from the property.

More than one unlicensed vehicle unfit to operate on the highways is not permitted anywhere in Sheffield Township. Disabled and junk vehicles are an eyesore, they create habitats for rodents, and they are potentially dangerous should children be playing around or in them.

Maintaining Yards – Section 318

In section 318 of the Sheffield Township resolutions, it is a requirement for all township residents to keep their yards free from debris and the grass mowed. The grass should be kept at a height of eight inches or less. After two notices to correct such situations the Township may take action to correct these situations if the resident does not.

In addition, please note the following from Ohio Revised Code Section 505.87 which also applies to Sheffield Township.

505.87 Abatement,Control, or Removal of Vegetation, Garbage, Refuse, and other Debris

(A) A board of township trustees may provide for the abatement, control, or removal of vegetation, garbage, refuse, and other debris from land in the township if the board determines that the owner’s maintenance of that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris constitutes a nuisance.
(B) At least seven days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board of township trustees shall notify the owner of the land and any holders of liens of record upon the land that:
(1) The owner is ordered to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the owner’s maintenance of which has been determined by the board to be a nuisance;
(2) If that vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris is not abated, controlled, or removed, or if provision for its abatement, control, or removal is not made, within seven days, the board shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal, and any expenses incurred by the board in performing that task shall be entered upon the tax duplicate and become a lien upon the land from the date of entry.

The board shall send the notice to the owner of the land by certified mail if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, and by certified mail to lienholders of record; alternatively, if the owner is a resident of the township or is a nonresident whose address is known, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it. If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to publish the notice once in a newspaper of general circulation in the township.
(C) If a board of township trustees determines within twelve consecutive months after a prior nuisance determination that the same owner’s maintenance of vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris on the same land in the township constitutes a nuisance, at least four days before providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, the board shall give notice of the subsequent nuisance determination to the owner of the land and to any holders of liens of record upon the land as follows:
(1) The board shall send written notice by first class mail to the owner of the land and to any lienholders of record. Failure of delivery of the notice shall not invalidate any action to abate, control, or remove the nuisance. Alternatively, the board may give notice to the owner by causing any of its agents or employees to post the notice on the principal structure on the land and to photograph that posted notice with a camera capable of recording the date of the photograph on it.
(2) If the owner’s address is unknown and cannot reasonably be obtained, it is sufficient to post the notice on the board of township trustee’s website for four consecutive days, or to post the notice in a conspicuous location in the board’s office for four consecutive days if the board does not maintain a website.
(D) The owner of the land or holders of liens of record upon the land may enter into an agreement with the board of township trustees providing for either party to the agreement to perform the abatement, control, or removal before the time the board is required to provide for the abatement, control, or removal under division (E) of this section.
(E) If, within seven days after notice is given under division (B) of this section, or within four days after notice is given under division (C) of this section, the owner of the land fails to abate, control, or remove the vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris, or no agreement for its abatement, control, or removal is entered into under division (D) of this section, the board of township trustees shall provide for the abatement, control, or removal and may employ the necessary labor, materials, and equipment to perform the task. All expenses incurred, when approved by the board, shall be paid out of the township general fund from moneys not otherwise appropriated, except that if the expenses incurred exceed five hundred dollars, the board may borrow moneys from a financial institution to pay for the expenses in whole or in part.
(F) The board of township trustees shall make a written report to the county auditor of the board’s action under this section. The board shall include in the report a proper description of the premises and a statement of all expenses incurred in providing for the abatement, control, or removal of any vegetation, garbage, refuse, or other debris as provided in division (E) of this section, including the board's charges for its services, the costs incurred in providing notice, any fees or interest paid to borrow moneys, and the amount paid for labor, materials, and equipment. The expenses incurred, when allowed, shall be entered upon the tax duplicate, are a lien upon the land from the date of the entry, shall be collected as other taxes, and shall be returned to the township and placed in the township general fund.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.53, HB 393, §1, eff. 6/18/2010. Effective Date: 03-31- 2003; 2007 HB50 03-05- 2008

The Sheffield Township Zoning Department:
Mark Naro, Zoning Inspector
Andy Serfozo, Assistant Zoning Inspector
Cindy Caldwell, Zoning Secretary

OPERATION STREET SMART Adult Education Program

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LORAIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Lorain County Drug Task Force
PRESS RELEASE
August 1, 2016
POINT OF CONTACT: Det. Olen Martin
(440) 284-0615
Lorain County Sheriff Phil R. Stammitti announced today that the Sheriff’s Office and Lorain County Drug Task Force will be hosting an “OPERATION STREET SMART“ Adult Drug Education Program on August 25, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
The program will be held at the Stocker Art Center Theatre located at Lorain County Community College, 1005 N Abbe Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44035. There is no cost to attend.

“Operation Street Smart” is presented by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The award-winning Operation Street Smart will provide current and up-to-date information on narcotic (opiate and other drugs) trends, terminology, paraphernalia and physiological effects on drug users to those individuals who deal with today’s youth and families on a daily basis.

The target audience for street smart includes teachers, school resource officers, probation officers, youth service workers, school administrators and school board members, youth pastors, parents and concerned citizens. Information is power to help combat the current drug epidemic.


Sewer Rate Increase

imagesThe county has raised its sewer rates. One resident reported her bill increased from $18 to $42 every other month. This increase was effective July 1, 2016. The Township has no control over the rates.

Read more here.