TEST – Remote Public Meeting Scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 2pm

The City of Columbiana will be conducting a test at 2PM tomorrow of technology in order to hold remote public  meetings in the future.  The Public is welcome to log in to the link below at 2PM.  There will be no action at the meeting, it is for testing purposes only.

Date: March 25, 2020

Time: 2-3pm EST

Link: https://zoom.us/j/889444708

Dial-in by phone: 646-876-9923

Meeting ID (when prompted): 889444708#

 

Main Street Christmas Lights Back On During COVID-19 Outbreak

In order to try and spread some cheer during COVID-19 outbreak we will be participating in the social media trend of turning on our Christmas Lights on Main Street.  We have put  a link below for reference.  You may also enjoy the UPDATED Top 25 Christmas Towns Index write up at the link below.

Christmas Light Trend during COVID-19 Outbreak

Columbiana Named In the Top 25 Christmas Towns Index – Updated

CRA Tax Abatement Program

The purpose of the CRA is to encourage revitalization of the existing housing and building stock and the construction of new structures.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Residential:
Residential applicants will pick up an application (CRA Form 1) when applying for a building permit. Residential applicants will have 1 year from completion of project to complete application, in order to have it filed with the county auditor.

Business:
• Prior to construction business applicants will pick up and fill out an application (CRA Form 1 and CRA Form 2).
• The business may begin construction of its facility after steps 1-12 of the business process (CRA Form 2) are completed.
• All commercial and industrial projects are required to comply with the state application fee, presently $750.00, requirements of ORC Section 3735.672 (C) and the local annual monitoring fee of one percent of the amount of taxes exempted under the agreement – a minimum of $500 up to a maximum of $2500 annually unless waived.

Information & Forms

Please click below for the applicable forms. Residential applicants need to fill out form 1 only and business/commercial applicants need to fill out forms 1 and 2. Completed forms should be filed with City Hall.  If you have further questions, please contact City Hall at 330-482-2173.

Community Reinvestment Area Fact Sheet

CRA Residential Application (Form 1)

CRA Business Application (Form 2)

Gas Aggregation Program for City Residents-Change of Supplier

Starting March 1, 2019 and continuing for 24 months, through February 28. 2021 the City’s Natural Gas Aggregation supplier will be changing from the current supplier Interstate Gas Supply(IGS) to VOLUNTEER ENERGY. The new rate will be .3855 per ccf.

All City residents will be  automatically enrolled into the Gas Aggregation Program unless you choose to “opt out”. Once in the program you will be able to choose to leave at any time if you feel you are not receiving the best rate available and there will be no penalties.

All City residents will receive a letter which outlines all of the terms. The opt out portion will be attached to this letter  if you choose to do so.

A sample of the letter that residents will receive can be viewed here. Volunteer Energy Sample Letter

If you have any questions regarding the Natural Gas Aggregation Program please contact City Hall at 330-482-2173.