KALIDA - The village of Kalida is entertaining proposals from a new energy provider. Mayor Alan Gerdeman announced during the Sept. 16 Kalida council meeting that he was approached recently by Energy Market Exchange, LLC, a Texas-based energy procurement and analysis service that serves eight deregulated states, including Ohio.

According to Gerdeman, EMEX is a broker between reverse auction energy suppliers who bid in real-time to supply commercial electricity.

"Based on what the company's analysis says, the village could save roughly $4,800 per year," said Gerdeman. "The price is locked in for three years."

Currently, Kalida receives a rate of .0685 per kilowatt hour from AEP Energy. A contract exists with that company through 2014. EMEX has done proposals for the cities of Lima, Defiance and the village of Continental. Council declined to break the village's current contract, but will consider a proposal from EMEX for future.

Council received a request from a village resident to upgrade the sidewalk in front of Kalida Market for wheelchair access. Council member Dick Schulte commented that the location is in need of repair. Schulte also advised council that the Blanchard River clean up crews are halting work until National Emergency Grant monies become available.

Other council discussion included: The village will be accepting bids on a parcel of land with an announcement to be advertised, The village water department is proposing a sewage upgrade using Issue 2 funds, with the hardware to run down Front Street; projected cost for the project is $290,000 to $300,000. Three new people were approved to join the Kalida fire department and one resignation was accepted.