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Town looks to lower electric bill
MEXICO -- It’s an option that Maine’s large businesses have known about for years, and now, the Town of Mexico is now also looking to benefit by lowering their electric bills.
At their meeting on Nov. 8, the Board of Selectmen approved, on a trial basis, to utilize Electricity Maine as their electricity supplier.
Rather than accept the “standard offer” for electricity — an available-to-everyone electricity rate accepted by the Maine Public Utilities Commission and automatically calculated as part of a Central Maine Power or Bangor Hydro bill — they can go with a lower rate quoted directly to them by a provider. Think retail versus wholesale.
Sheryl Briggs, the town's executive secretary, researched Electricity Maine, an idea encouraged by Selectman Byron Ouellette. What she found was that the town could save up to 6 percent on electricity for most accounts.
She said the only account this would not make sense for would be the recreation building, which is a larger electricity user and has a smaller rate by CMP.
It was noted that on street lights alone, the town could save $48.40 per month. Briggs said there are no penalties and no cost for the change, and it can be cancelled at any time.
"It's a no-brainer," noted Board Chairman Richie Philbrick.
Selectman Reggie Arsenault agreed and motioned to switch from Central Maine Power to Electricity Maine and review the savings and rate on Feb. 1.
The motion was seconded and unanimously approved by the board.
For more information about Electricity Maine, call 1-866-573-2674.
In other business, Town Manager John Madigan reported to selectmen about future road construction projects. Following the construction work on the Backkingdom Road, he concluded that the worst road in town is now the Poplar Hill Road.
Selectmen then agreed with his recommendation for pre-construction engineering work be done for the Poplar Hill Road, as well as Fourth and Granite streets.
As a followup to the town's decision to no longer plow Albert Aniel's driveway, Madigan said he spoke with Aniel. "He seems to be on board with the decision and is looking toward paying to have the driveway paved."
Selectmen voted unanimously to no longer plow or maintain the driveway after Madigan had researched town maps and deeds and learned the Backkingdom Road ended 200 feet short of what was originally believed to be the road.
Ouellette concluded, "I think the decision was well made. A lot of research and time went into making sure we did things right."