Last updated: January 25. 2014 12:08AM - 764 Views
By Camille Fioti Times Leader Correspondent

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KINGSTON — By joining together as a group, member municipalities of the West Side Council of Governments could see a significant savings in energy bills, a representative of Key Energy Consulting said at Thursday’s meeting.

Key Energy acts as an independent advocate for its customers and helps them find the best price by negotiating with energy suppliers, said Key Energy consultant Anthony Gallagher.

Forty Fort is the first of the council’s 11 member municipalities to sign up with KEC.

“We should see a savings of about $2,200 a year,” said Barbara Fairchild, Forty Fort’s council representative. Gallagher pointed out that buying energy as a group entitles the municipalities to a discounted rate.

In other business, Eileen Cipriani, council president and also the president of council for West Wyoming, told the group that the city of Nanticoke wants to become a member. Some members argued that since Nanticoke isn’t located on the West Side, the town shouldn’t become a part of the group.

“I think it’s confusing,” said Kingston representative Paul Keating, adding that the geographic location between Nanticoke and the West Side towns could pose problems. “Everything that benefits this region gets chopped back when we let other geographical regions in the COG.”

Cipriani suggested amending the bylaws by allowing Nanticoke to become an associate member, but added that the vote must be unanimous. The issue was tabled until next month’s meeting because representatives from Exeter and Wyoming were absent.

Gary Mack, chairman of the public safety committee, suggested making bulk purchases of medical supplies and training for police, fire and ambulance departments.

Mack also announced that Chris Orozco of the Hazleton Police Department, who is also a member of the NEPA Gang Task Force, will be holding a meeting for police chiefs of the COG towns on Feb. 18 at the Kingston Fire Department. The purpose of the meeting is to assess the area’s gang activity.

Council will meet next at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 at the Kingston Fire Department.

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