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5/8/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

County program assists low-income electric consumers in need

NORTH AKRON — Summit County Executive Russ Pry has announced that his Department of Community and Economic Development will host a fuel fund assistance day for all income-qualified FirstEnergy/Ohio Edison customers at Ohio Means Jobs Summit County, formerly known as the Job Center, located at 1040 E. Tallmadge Ave., beginning May 12 at 8 a.m.

Applicants will be given a number upon arrival. Only 200 numbers will be distributed on the date of intake. Those who arrive after 2 p.m. or after 200 numbers have been distributed or would like additional information may call the fuel fund information line at 330-643-2068.

Eligibility is based on a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Those applying for fuel fund assistance must provide the following on the day of service: photo identification (driver’s license or other form of photo ID); Social Security card; most recent delinquent electric bill or termination notice; proof of gross monthly income for all people residing in the home for the past 30 days from the date of application; and proof of a good faith payment within the past 90 days of the date in which the customer applies for assistance. The person applying for assistance must be the person whose name appears on the utility bill. If not, he or she must have a letter from the ratepayer dated within seven days from the date of application giving him or her permission to apply for assistance on his or her behalf. 

A person is only eligible once every 12 months to receive the fuel fund assistance, and payments cannot be applied to a deferred or finaled account balance. In addition, Home Energy Assistance Programs (HEAP) payments are not considered a good faith payment.

Also, help with the city of Cuyahoga Falls utilities cannot be given.


Dominion East Ohio reminds customers to call 8-1-1 before digging

CLEVELAND — With the arrival of the spring landscaping and construction season, Dominion East Ohio reminds homeowners and excavating contractors to work safely and comply with state law by calling the Ohio Utilities Protection Service (OUPS) toll-free at either 8-1-1 or 800-362-2764 before digging.

State law requires customers and contractors to call OUPS at least two working days before digging to prevent potential injuries from accidental utility line dig-ins. Third-party damage is the leading cause of accidents involving utility lines, according to Dominion East Ohio officials.  

OUPS will alert Dominion and other participating utilities of customer and contractor plans to dig. OUPS will ask these utilities to mark the approximate location of their underground gas lines and utility cables so that customers won’t find them by accident. Also, for safety’s sake, customers and contractors should only dig around utility lines by hand, according to Dominion East Ohio officials.

For more natural gas safety information, customers can visit www.dom.com/about/safety/contractor-safety.jsp, www.domsafety.com or www.safegasohio.org.


Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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