The city is moving forward with plans to join a regional utility aggregation effort seeking more competitive rates for residents and small businesses.
A public hearing on becoming part of a coalition of communities aimed at securing better prices for utility customers was held by Kettering City Council Tuesday night.
More than 15 Dayton-area cities in Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble counties are interested in being part of the effort, Miami Valley Communications Council Executive Director Jay Weiskircher has said.
A second Kettering public hearing, as required by Ohio law, will be scheduled later, likely at the next council meeting, officials said.
Fairborn voted last week to join the coalition. It and Kettering are among about seven to 10 cities — including Centerville, Englewood, Germantown and Miamisburg — interested in joining when the group is established this year, Weiskircher has said.
Several others, which may come aboard later, have existing agreements or are communities where voters have not yet approved aggregation, according to Weiskircher.
Kettering and Miamisburg are among cities that expect to initially join the group for electricity only, a recent Dayton Daily News survey indicated.
Miami Valley Communications Council is a municipal communications and technology organization representing the eight member cities of Centerville, Germantown, Kettering, Miamisburg, Moraine, Oakwood, Springboro and West Carrollton. The council also has affiliate agreements with other Miami Valley cities. MVCC was formed in 1975 as a council of governments to monitor, regulate, and administer common cable television franchise agreements, manage the operation of the council's cable access television channels, and develop and implement intergovernmental projects designed to strengthen communications between member cities and their citizens. A policy-making body consisting of delegates representing member cities governs the council.
MVCC is funded through franchise fees paid by the cable service provider. Franchise fees are rent that the cable company pays for placing its wires over or under the public rights-of-way (streets.) MVCC uses these franchise fees to support its community access television activities, cooperative intergovernmental projects, and to explore new and changing technologies that will benefit member communities. The council, in turn, provides many services to our communities at little or no cost.