Wind Added To Portfolio

ST. MARYS —  The city of St. Marys will soon be getting a fraction of its energy from a renewable resources.

During their meeting Monday night, St. Marys City Councilors approved the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the execution of Blue Creek Wind Energy Scheduled with AMP to obtain energy from a wind farm in Paulding and Van Wert counties.

Safety-Service Director Jason Little said the deal would help save the city on its energy costs during the life of the 10-year pact.

“They are just trying to get people on board, they have a big capital investment up there so they are trying to get some municipalities like us on board to offset some of their capital costs,” Little said.

“It gives us a good price ... It’s still really a small part of our energy consumption, but it’s a start.”

The city currently purchases energy for approximately $63 a megawatt. Under terms of the agreement, the city would purchase 1.2 megwatts of energy at an average cost of $43 per megawatt.

“AMP is purchasing 54 megawatts, they can buy up to that much,” Little said.

St. Marys Mayor Pat McGowan said in the first year, the city’s rate will be $35 per megawatt. That climbs to $61.43 in the 10th and final year of the contract.

At the end of the contract, the city can opt not to renew the pact.

“There are multiple communities doing this,” Little said.

In other business, councilors:

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the codified ordinances regarding bonds.

• Approved the second reading of an ordinance regarding the zoning of recently annexed land into the city. The parcel is located along County Road 33A, across from Omni.

• Approved the second reading of an ordinance requesting the Auglaize County commissioners  to petition the director of the Ohio Department of Development to designate the newly annexed land as part of the Rural Jobs and Enterprise Zone.

• Set a parks committee meeting for 5:15 p.m. May 7 and an electric/communication committee meeting for 5:30 p.m. May 7.

The next meeting of the St. Marys City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 14 at the city building located along East Spring Street.