Findlay City Council tightrope-walked Tuesday, urging American Electric Power to be nicer to Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, but tabling a measure that would have strengthened Hancock-Wood’s hand.
By a 9-1 vote, council tabled a proposed franchise agreement with Hancock-Wood that would have put it on equal footing with AEP in Findlay. Councilman Tim Watson, R-7, dissented.
“I just felt like it deserved an up-or-down vote, one way or another,” Watson said later. Watson said he considered Hancock-Wood’s request reasonable, and he would have voted for it.
Minutes earlier, council passed a resolution encouraging AEP to fairly compensate Hancock-Wood for big business customers it pulls from Hancock-Wood’s service territory.
Hancock-Wood will likely be taking its beef with AEP, and a copy of council’s resolution, to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Tuesday’s vote by council was better than nothing, but it was less than Hancock-Wood had hoped for, according to George Walton, chief executive officer of Hancock-Wood. The electric cooperative did not have enough votes on council to get a franchise agreement, he said.
Courier reporter Lou Wilin will have more on Wednesday.