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Winter Utility Disconnects

Date: 
01/14/13

 
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) annually issues a Winter Disconnect Order which regulates how and when electric and natural gas companies can disconnect heating services to those customers subject to disconnection. While this ruling does apply to investor-owned utilities, such as DP&L and Vectren, it does not apply to municipally owned and operated utilities, such as the Village of Minster’s electric services. The Minster Village Council sets operating rules and guidelines for our municipal owned utilities and are not bound  by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; therefore Council may or may not choose to follow the rules established by the PUCO.
 
While the Village Council understands that rising heating costs are affecting nearly every community household, the Village of Minster does not recognize the PUCO ruling to regulate utility disconnections. Service disconnections will continue according to current Village policy. Village Administrator Don Harrod said, “This was a difficult decision, but given the number of disconnect notices issued each month and the resulting total past-due dollar figure, it is in the Village’s best interest to continue its utility disconnection practices on schedule.”
 
Households facing Village utility disconnection are urged to contact the Utility Office to discuss payment options and assistance programs available to help with utility bill payment. There are several local and state programs that may be able to help.
 
LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL AID
 
 
 
Sources Community Network Services
420 N. Brandon Ave, Suite A
P.O. Box 381
Celina, OH  45822
419-584-1550
or
800-826-2675
 
 
Helping Hands
c/o Agape Ministries, Inc.
1220 E. Spring St.
St. Mary’s, OH  45885
419-394-8700
 
 
If you are an honorably discharged veteran:
Auglaize County Veterans Service Commission
209 S. Blackhoof St, Room 202
Wapakoneta, OH  45895
419-739-6750
 
 
Auglaize Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services
12 N. Wood St.
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
419-738-4311
 
 
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
Forms can be picked up at the Village of Minster or downloaded at http://development.ohio.gov/files/is/HEAPApp.pdf
 
 
 
Local churches and charities in the community may also be available to provide assistance.
 

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