Madison Township looks to set electric rates; plus other township news

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The Madison Township trustees approved an agreement with Archer Energy for electricity aggregation in hopes it will help resident save on utility costs later next year.

The agreement signed on Dec. 15 enables Archer to shop for a fixed 12-month rate and present their findings to the trustees no later than June 2023. Purchasing electricity in the fall and spring ensures savings versus utility company default prices.

Treble LLC representative Scott Belcastro said the township will have a fixed rate determined by then.

“We are committing to Archer (now), but we don’t have the actual fixed rate,” said Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst. “This gives both sides the intent.”

Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved a fire department purchase of a new 2025 aerial ladder apparatus from the Sutphen Corporation. The purchase price, minus a $38,940 prepayment discount, is $1.18 million.

Fire Chief Derek Robinson said, by committing to the purchase now, the township can save between $300,000 to $400,000. He said equipment like the 75-foot Quint style ladder continues to escalate in cost and build out time grows longer.

The purchase of the ladder truck is necessary, according to Robinson, because building heights—such as warehouses and hotels/motels—are starting to exceed the reach of current equipment, which forces the township to rely on mutual aid resources.

“Our ground ladders cannot reach the roof of the warehouses,” Robinson said, “and we will now have the capability. Our mutual aid partners might be caught up in a call (delaying response times). It will better serve our community.”

Trustee John Pritchard said equipment costs are escalating rapidly and supply chain issues currently push the purchase out three years.

“With this (ladder truck) we can take care of our own,” said Pritchard.

•Trustee Chairwoman Michele Reynolds is stepping down at the end of the year to serve as a state senator for District 3 beginning Jan. 1. She said her expectations for her replacement is to fill the position with someone not only good for the township now, but who also intends to run in the fall to keep the position.

“We have to lay out a timeline,” said Pritchard. “Thirty days will go by quickly. I would like a robust process to determine who the best candidate will be. We’re going to have an interview process. Give them situations we deal with and see how they analyze the process. A background check is crucial. Hopefully this person will serve the township for many years.”

The official selection process for Reynolds’ replacement will not be announced until January and the position must be filled by Jan. 30.

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