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Toulon’s energy rate to change in May

toulonToulon’s city council designated Mayor Larry Hollis as the sole representative to renew the city’s energy rate contract with supplier Integrys.
The current contract expires after April’s billing and sits at 4.4¢ per kilowatt hour (kwh). Present high energy costs will increase that rate.
Integrys representative Kevin Ritter spoke with the council Monday evening at the monthly meeting about the new rate. Ritter suggested that a one to three month variable rate 5.3¢/kwh be implemented.
The variable rate contract would get the city’s customers through the higher costs of energy that are driving the market’s price up. Then, when those costs possibly become lower, a longer term contract could be negotiated when the weather is not driving the demand upward and the resultant prices.
Integrys has suggested that a new agreement be implemented before February 25th. Therefore, Hollis will have to decide whether to accept the one to three month variable rate contract, or agree to an unknown fixed rate contract for a longer term.

Patel pleads guilty of one count

Hena Patel, 38, plead guilty to one of four counts Tuesday morning stemming from the November 26, 2012 accident that took the life of Shubha Patel, age 7.

Patel was facing four counts, two aggravated felony DUIs charges and two misdemeanor DUIs charges.

Tuesday morning she entered a guilty plea to the first count, aggravated DUI, with the condition that counts two, three and four be dropped. State Attorney James Owens and Judge Thomas Keith agreed to the plea deal.

Sentencing will be held March 18th and 9 a.m. in Stark County Circuit Court.

Porter pleads not guilty to DUI charges, demands jury trial

Randy Lee Porter, 57, of Galva, along with his public defender, Robert M. McBride, appeared in Stark County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing concerning numerous charges filed against him.
McBride informed Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Keith that, “My client waives the preliminary hearing and arraignment procedures. We enter a written plea of not guilty and demand a jury trial.”
Keith accepted the waivers and stated, “Since you have pled not guilty to the charges, probable cause is found.” Keith then set January 17 as a date for a scheduling conference and the jury trial date as March 3.

Toulon considering vehicle impoundment ordinance, electronics recycling program

toulonThe Toulon City Council met this past Monday night for their January meeting.
The council was given a copy of a proposed ordinance from City Attorney Bruce Fehrenbacher regarding the impoundment of vehicles.
Mayor Larry Hollis told the council to review the ordinance and that no action would be taken that night.
Fehrenbacher also announced the lots south of the high school, “Toulon Ridge,” had been plotted and are ready to sell.
The council did approve an invoice to Bruner Cooper & Zuck for the engineer work to Turner Ave. for the sewer line extension project approved in December.
Also approved was a bid for $800 to purchase the 1998 Ford Crown Victoria red police car. There were a total of three bids. The city had stripped the car of its equipment prior to the sale.
Mayor Hollis stated he would make a point of speaking to Eagle Enterprises of Galva about a possible electronics pickup time or drop off spot.

Daum and Paxson named King and Queen at SCHS

2013kingqueenRyne Daum, son of Duane and Cheryl Daum of Toulon, along with Madisyn Paxson, daughter of Scott and Lynne Paxson of Toulon, were crowned the 2013 Stark County High School King and Queen on Thursday night at the pep rally.

Joining them in the photo are crownbearers Lily Harmon, daughter of Howard and Wendy Harmon, and Ben Browning, son of Dustin and Tammy Browning.