When Bexley City Council expects a busy schedule after returning from summer recess on August 10th.
That agenda is expected to include laws to award a contract to American Electric Power (AEP) to manage the city’s power generation program. The Council will also discuss another regulation that removes certain restrictions on service animals in city parks.
At the meeting on June 22nd, the last one before the summer break, the Council voted in favor of submitting, in third reading, the regulation to award a contract to AEP for the power generation program, which will provide electricity from 100% renewable energy sources and enable residents to unsubscribe at any time.
Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler said AEP officials had been invited to speak to the council at the August 10 session on how the pending Substitute Senate 52 Act might affect the generator set program. The bill, which allows local authorities to reject renewable energy projects, was passed by the Ohio General Assembly on June 28th. Governor Mike DeWine has not indicated when he will sign the bill.
At the meeting, the Council is also due to discuss the second reading of a regulation amending the section of the city rules relating to service animals in city parks.
The ordinance states that a “service animal” is defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as any dog that is individually trained to perform work or duties for the benefit of a person with a disability, including physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other intellectual disability.
Troy Markham, chairman of the council’s service and environment committee that instituted the regulation, said a resident warned the council that current city rules put an additional restriction on service animals beyond what the ADA requires.
“Our current code requires service dogs to display a registration mark, although service animals do not need to have a specific registration mark,” said Markham. “This (regulation) accepts this and makes it clear that service animals are allowed in our parks.”