March 13, 2017
CANISTEO, NY – After hearing a presentation last month about the possibility joining the Municipal Electric & Gas Alliance’s (MEGA) Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program the town board in Canisteo voted unanimously to take it to the next step. The program’s purpose is to provide bulk energy at a lower than rate cost if enough communities/residents participate.
This comes on the heels of the village’s decision last week to totally shelve the idea. Mayor Bill Tucker and the village boards major concern was the fact that residents have to opt out of the program instead of the traditional opt in approach. Town attorney Karl Anderson tried to put things in perspective stating, “This is by no means a final commitment, all this is is an agreement to research the idea, and we can step away at any time.” So far in our area only the city of Hornell and the town of Canisteo have agreed to take it to the next level.
There was also a special gift presented to the town and dog control officer Gary Hadsell. A beautiful hand painted mural was unwrapped and presented from former Canisteo residents Kerry and Tim Allen (currently residing in Florida) to be mounted at a location of the boards choice. Town Supervisor Steve Weed noted that the Allen’s have always been a strong supporter of the animal shelter and donate generously every month.