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Rates are on agenda
Council to discuss 'time of day' billing

Monday, June 24, 2013

Martinsville City Council on Tuesday will study a proposal that officials say could lower the electric bills of some of the city’s commercial customers.

The “time of day rate” would promote the idea of spreading demand for electricity more evenly over a 24-hour period, according to a report in the council’s agenda packet. It would be reflected in electric rate schedules.

The report indicates that city customers’ heaviest demand for power is between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The special rate could benefit customers such gyms, movie theaters and athletic fields that use most of their power after 8 p.m. and before 7 a.m., the report shows.

The council also will consider an electric department proposal to raise from $20 to $50 the service charges for returned checks and debit bills to more adequately cover the city’s costs for handling those items.

The $50 rate is the most that the state will allow.

The council will consider the electric matters when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building on West Church Street uptown.

Council members originally had planned to consider them in May but the presentation was postponed.

Other items on Tuesday’s council agenda will include:

• Hearing an update on the development of the College of Henricopolis School of Medicine in Martinsville.

• Hearing a report on activities of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

• Considering resolutions regarding city employees’ Virginia Retirement System contributions beginning July 1.

• Considering an ordinance on first reading that would change the city’s special events itinerant merchant business and professional license fee to $5.

• Considering nominating council members for seats on the Virginia Municipal League’s 2013 Policy Committees.

• Hearing business from the floor.

• Considering routine-type budget amendments.

At 7 p.m., the council will meet in closed session to consult with legal counsel, consider possible board and commission appointments and discuss contract matters in which if they were discussed openly, the city’s bargaining position could be harmed.

Afterward, council is expected to announce its appointment to the Martinsville School Board. The four applicants Nancy Baker, Rives Coleman, Victor Correa and Elizabeth Rivera.


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