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FOSTORIA — NOPEC is a go for Fostoria.

Fostoria City Council passed a pair of ordinances on Tuesday night to join the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council’s electricity aggregation program and adopt a plan of operation.

The city, which is also in NOPEC’s gas aggregation program, is embarking for the first time in electricity aggregation with expectations of savings to residents.

“I think it’s fantastic and I’m ready for the mailings to come out in February and for the residents to be able to take advantage of the savings,” Safety Service Director Deb Hellman said after Tuesday night’s meeting.

Rob Barkley, member development director for NOPEC, said introductory mailings would go out the week of Feb. 23 to residents who are eligible for the aggregate plan.

Those not eligible would be anyone in the city in a payment incentive program, people who are delinquent in their electricity accounts or those who have already opted for another party’s service.

Those receiving the mailings will be automatically enrolled in NOPEC unless they send back a notice of opting out. Confirmation of enrollment will later be mailed.

“The price to compare currently is 5.4 cents (per kilowatt hour), which is the generation portion of your bill,” Barkley said. “And we’re expecting — I don’t know the exact price yet — initially, in the mailing to be just below five cents.”

A second reading was given to an ordinance to amend the city’s traffic control map to remove a traffic light at the intersection of North Union and Thomas streets and create a four-way stop.

Council member John Schuld recommended that, before a third reading and a vote, the Law and Ordinance Committee revisit the ordinance to determine the best way to coordinate the traffic at the intersection.

Also Tuesday night:

• At the recommendation of Mayor Eric Keckler, council voted to reappoint Barbara Dibble to a two-year term on the Seneca County Regional Planning Commission;

• Keckler said a project is being considered to enable the sewer treatment plant to take in more water during heavy rains, thus allowing for the elimination of two combined sewer overflow points.

The $13 million plan would save Fostoria money in the long run, Keckler said, and move the city closer to coming out from under a 2005 consent order from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.