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2016-09-21 / News

Delhi Village Moves Forward with Community Interest Projects

By Abby Butler

DELHI - The Delhi village trustees voted to move forward with the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) process at their monthly meeting on Sept. 19. After a presentation from Danielle McMullen, a representative of Energy Next, the consulting firm that represents the Municipal Electric and Gas Alliance (MEGA) – the company that oversees the CCA – the trustees unanimously approved the advancement of the process. According to McMullen, the CCA allows residential electric consumers to band together within a geographical area and allow MEGA to negotiate on their behalf for better energy prices.

The trustees took the step of choosing MEGA as the CCA administrator for the village of Delhi, meaning that they have taken the first of many steps on the way to obtaining lower energy prices for village residents. McMullen indicated that the village is not obligated to continue in the process and no fees are associated with a change of heart.

McMullen explained that the CCA will allow residential energy customers to form a multi-county area in New York’s Southern Tier and Catskill region. She indicated that MEGA will move forward in the process once they have approximately 10,000 consumers on board. At that point, they will go through a public educational process that will allow residential consumers to find out how the process will benefit them. The village can then decide to adopt a local law that authorizes the CCA and MEGA to put energy bids out to third-party energy service companies and choose the lowest rate, which, in theory, will translate to savings for residents who decided to go with the CCA.

Mayor Richard Maxey informed the audience that the village is already participating in a municipal CCA and that moving forward in the process does not obligate the village to anything. More information on MEGA can be obtained at their website: www.megaenergy.org.

The trustees also unanimously voted to lend their municipal support to the Summer Strings program. Leo Milman and Jack Gosselink were present to requests the trustee’s assistance in applying for a grant from the Roxbury Arts Group to hold a seven-week strings camp in Delaware

County. The grant application needs a municipal sponsor and the village of Delhi will administer the grant funds.

Milman explained to the trustees that there are only two strings programs left in public schools in the county, at Walton and Delaware Academy. He indicated that 11 qualified students from the county will be chosen to participate in the camp, which will cost $80 per student. Eligible students must be string players in grades 7 through 12 who have attained the equivalent of NYSSMA level three ability.

The program will consist of five weeks of individual lessons at the instructor’s studio, followed by group rehearsals and a performance.

In other business:

• Police Chief Mike Mills requested that the trustees form a Drug Enforcement Unit account and put $500 in it. The money will be used for undercover drug buys by the Delhi Village Police. Trustee Robin Hultenius asked for clarification on the replenishment and reimbursement of the account. Village Clerk Michele Griffin explained that the account can be reimbursed through orders of restitution, if the case goes that far, and that she will add a stipulation that the trustees will not continue to replenish the account without specific requests from Mills.

• The trustees unanimously voted to move forward with the Climate Smart Communities program, which will enhance the village’s grant eligibility and improve operations and upgrade village infrastructure. They appointed Kristina Zill as the Climate Smart Coordinator for the village.

• Griffin was approved to sign an agreement for the WEX Fleet Card Program, which will make the village eligible for state bid fuel prices.

• The trustees unanimously approved Joan Bedient’s nomination to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Her term will run until 2017.

• A motion was passed to remain with the village’s current health insurance broker, for the time being.

• Maxey informed the trustees that Halloween will be officially observed in the village on October 31 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Delhi village trustees will take place on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.

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