BUCKEYE LAKE – Electricity provider FirstEnergy Solutions of Akron is vying for Buckeye Lake Village customers who want a nine percent rate reduction on their electric bills. The deadline to take advantage of the program is extended to Jan. 31.
“Please be proactive and encourage people to sign,” said Buckeye Lake Council President Charlene Hayden to council members Monday night. “It’s a real good deal for them; it’s a good thing to do.” She said the village will send postcards to residents explaining how to join and stating that residents have until Jan. 31 to take advantage of the offer.
According to the postcard, “Through this special offer, you are guaranteed to save ( nine percent) off AEP Ohio’s Price to Compare through December 2014.”
Enrollment is easy. Simply visit fes.com/buckeyelake or call 1-877-534-7397, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“With FirstEnergy Solutions, you’ll receive the same reliable electric service you get from your utility, but for much less money than you are paying now. You’ll still receive one bill from AEP Ohio, a service visit isn’t needed, there will be no service interruption, and your electricity will still be delivered through existing wires.”
Residents are not required to participate and may sign up with another provider if they believe it’s a better deal. Residents who are currently on an electricity budget plan will not be able to stay on the plan if they sign up for the program.
In other village news:
• Baker said the village received a copy of a master growth and development plan for Buckeye Lake Village that OSU students created for a city planning class adjunct professor Aaron Domini led. Students worked for several months on the extensive project. “I think it’s a neat little plan,” said Baker.
One of the plan’s highlights is the students’ assessment of Buckeye Lake Village’s market trends. According to the students’ research, there are five trends residents would like to see.
First is the improvement of existing structures. Improving existing village buildings would draw new residents to Buckeye Lake and make the village more attractive. The plan recommends that the village educate community members about standards and zoning codes, enforce existing zoning and design guidelines as well as remove more derelict buildings, and provide financial support or incentives to motivate low-income property owners to improve their properties.
A business friendly government is important to entice new businesses and maintain existing businesses to provide job growth as well as tax revenue over the long term for reinvestment in the village. The plan recommends the village provides tax breaks and financial incentives to motivate businesses to locate in Buckeye Lake, and the village should work with existing businesses to improve storefronts and infrastructure so businesses see community investment.
The plan supports mixed use development, or allowing several types of development in one area. The plan states having many different uses in one area creates a walkable environment and one-stop place for many activities, allowing stores to share customers and increase profits. The plan recommends using planned use development, or PUD, to create pockets of mixeduse development and make sure zoning doesn’t completely separate residential development from commercial.
The plan states that people want “complete streets.” They want transportation planners to design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mindincluding bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians.
Finally, the plan states that residents want to revitalize the village. The village already has a prime location, with major freeway access and environmental attractions (such as the lake), but it lacks activities to make people want to stay. While some new development may be necessary, revitalizing what exists would be a good place to start. The plan recommends infrastructure improvement and a simple clean-up of neighborhoods – picking up trash, providing trash bins along sidewalks, and cleaning up abandoned homes and businesses.
• Hayden said the Abibow bin behind the village offices is an EcoRewards bin that can accept other materials such as cans, plastic, and glass. However, the company prefers each type of recyclable to be separately bagged.