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Albany city leaders approve MEAG ordinance

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Millions of dollars have started pouring into Albany and a new ordinance will clear the way for city leaders to decide how to spend it.

Water, Gas, and Light will get tens of million dollars over the next ten years from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. After much debate Tuesday night, commissioners amended the city charter to govern the the use of the money.

William Wright told commissioners they should use some of the money to help customers with utility costs by providing things like energy-saving light bulbs.

"This would give some instant relief. The other thing we have recommended is using energy-efficient appliances. Water Gas and Light could buy the appliances, lease it to the customer and the customer then repay it on their monthly utility bill. This would lower the amount of energy Water Gas and Light would have to purchase from Georgia Power, MEAG," said Wright.

The money will be split three ways between the city, Water Gas and Light and a separate investment fund managed by a joint committee.

Commissioners also voted  to allow the Mayor to have a voting voice at Water Gas and Light Commission meetings. Currently he's a non-voting member of the WG&L board.

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