East Cocalico saves money and locks in electric prices

By on August 8, 2018

Supervisors on Aug. 2 agreed that locking in a lower electric rate now makes sense. Two separate cost saving proposals were accepted.

The first proposal concerns contracting electric for streetlights, which is the larger bill of the two electric bills the township pays.

“When I asked Progressive to look at our electric bills,” said Township Manager, Scott Russell, “I really thought they’d just be looking at Constellation energy, with whom we currently contract. I didn’t realize we could change our streetlight electric right now.”

Russell explained a graph showing recent decreasing electric rates. Rates, when low for a while, usually go up. At the end of the Constellation contract in December 2019, costs historically would be higher than costs quoted today. Electric rate quotes change daily, and the Thursday meeting rates would hold until Monday.

Supervisors accepted Progressive’s streetlight proposal for a fixed rate of 4.8 cents per kilowatt hour for 59 months. It will begin immediately with estimated savings over five years of $35,563.79.
“We’d be foolish to not lock in this rate now with the savings predicted,” said secretary Doug Mackley.

The second proposal was more complicated since East Cocalico is locked into a contract. Currently the township’s electric rate is 6.7 cents per kilowatt hour. (A kilowatt equals 1,000 watts. A kilowatt hour is a unit of energy equal to what’s expended by one kilowatt in one hour.)

Progressive’s proposal, which supervisors accepted, offers a fixed rate of 5.8 cents per kilowatt hour, beginning December 2019 for 44 months. Anticipated savings over the life of the contract is $5,170,61.

On a different subject, Russell said he’s been working with the Morganshire developer for about a year and a half to get the Phase II roads ready for dedication. Approved for dedication were Arabian Court, Mustang Trail-North, Mustang Trail-South, Roan Drive and Royal Horse Way.

“This dedication approval has been years in the making. I don’t see Patti Brubaker in the audience and I want to thank her. When her husband, the developer, died, she completed the work necessary to get the roads dedicated at great personal expense. She did not have to do all of the things she did. We owe her a debt of gratitude.”

In other business:
• Russell announced that the emergency services committee for ambulance service continues to meet. The group reached out to Reinholds Ambulance personnel to discuss ways cooperative efforts might benefit both groups.

• Resident Steve Brubaker of Stevens Road said that police were in his immediate neighborhood again. “This is the second time in two weeks. Police were shining flashlights at the second floor of a house. Another officer was banging on the door.” East Cocalico Police Chief Darrick Keppley said, “I understand your pain. I believe there was a warrant issue.” Supervisors at the July 19 meeting agreed with Brubaker that better record management regarding rental properties and their activities was needed.

Alice Hummer is a correspondent for the Ephrata Review.

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