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A building permit is required for most work including, but not limited to:
A building permit serves to ensure the work being conducted is in compliance with local, state, and/or national safety regulations. A permit also ensures that inspections will be completed during the required stages of construction and/or renovation. Inspections are competed by State and/or National Certified Inspectors.
All contractors are required to be registered in the City of North Canton. This includes contractors doing work that may not require a permit. In addition, all contractors doing electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire suppression or fire alarm work must provide proof of State of Ohio Licensure when registering. Before hiring a contractor, please make sure they are currently registered to perform work in the City of North Canton.
For a contractor to register with the City, they must fulfill certain requirements. All contractors are required to be bonded and show proof of insurance. Contractors doing electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fire suppression or fire alarm work are also required to show proof of their state licensure. This protects property owners should the contractor damage any property. It also ensures that neighbors are protected should the contractor damage their property.
City wards currently match the four City quadrants formed by Main and maple Streets.
If your address includes a "NW" or you are on the north side of W Maple or the west side of N Main you are in Ward 1. The Ward 1 Councilmember can be contacted here.
If your address includes a "NE" or you are on the north side of E Maple or the east side of N Main you are in Ward 2. The Ward 2 Councilmember can be contacted here.
If your address includes a "SE" or you are on the south side of E Maple or the east side of S Main you are in Ward 3. The Ward 3 Councilmember can be contacted here.
If your address includes a "SW" or you are on the south side of W Maple or the west side of S Main you are in Ward 4. The Ward 4 Councilmember can be contacted here.
The City also has 3 At-Large Councilmembers who represent the entire City and can be contacted at NorthCantonOhio.gov/CityCouncil.
if you have questions, comments, or concerns about anything before City Council or happening in the City you Councilmembers want to hear from you!
You can contact your Councilmembers through the Office of City Council at:
Office of City Council
145N Main St. North Canton, OH 44720
(330)-499-8223 ext. 1101
Or you can contact your Councilmembers directly at NorthCantonOhio.gov/CityCouncil.
Yes, legislation is posted online in two forms.
First the Codified Ordinances record all standing law for the City.
Second, individual legislation for each year may be view on our Legislation by Year page.
Full time Dispatcher, EMS, Fire and Police are the only positions commissioned (hired) through the Civil Service; test schedules, once established, could be posted online.
ID Numbers are sent to each test taker and the lists are posted at City Hall after every test.
The Civil Service Office establishes the eligibility list and takes sign-ups for all testing. You may complete an application and Civil Service will notify you of an upcoming test. Remember to keep your contact information current when its on file with their office. Civil Service Office is located at City Hall, 145 North Main Street.
Short answer? 100% YES!
The City of North Canton has multiple source water wells. The City is very fortunate that all of these sources are free of contaminants. North Canton's water sources have never exceeded a maximum or secondary contaminant level on any of the tests conducted by the Ohio EPA. In addition the City has a fully functioning Water Treatment Plant with dedicated staff working 24 hours a day to make sure City water is safe and clean.
There are many factors that can add rust or iron to drinking water. Any rust addition happens in the distribution pipes after it has left the treatment plat. There may be a water main break in your area, there could be construction that is affecting water lines, or it may be caused by mandatory hydrant flushing conducted in the Spring and Fall annually.
If you experience rust in your water contact the Water Distribution Department. After contacting the department run your cold water for ten (10) minutes. If it clears up, great! If the problem persists the City will need to flush a hydrant near your location to get rid of the rust.
NEVER use your hot water when your are experiencing rust in the water. Doing so will draw the rust into your water heater tank and potentially cause problems.
Water hardness is kept in the range of 145 mg/L to 160 mg/L. If you are setting up a new water softener this is equivalent to 8.4 to 9.4 grains per gallon.
Fluoride is measured at least three times per day at the treatment plant. By regulation it must stay in the range of 0.80 mg/L to 1.4mg/L.This is equivalent to 1 part per million or, to use the analogy of time, 1 second out of every 11.7 days.
Water exiting the water treatment plant is always at 1mg/L.
NO! The Ohio EPA requires the City treatment plant to test for hundreds of potential contaminants daily. If the City ever exceeded any safe levels the public would be notified immediately.
Water lines and fixtures, with the exception of the water meter, are the responsibility of the property owners. The City is responsible fro the water main under the street and the water line up to the curb stop (the small valve usually somewhere in the front lawn or devil strip. The water meter located on the side of your home is also the City's responsibility.
Under governmental aggregation, local officials bring citizens together to gain group buying power for the purchase of competitively priced electricity from a retail electric generation supplier certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Energy Harbor is the current supplier for electric for customers on the City's aggregation program. They may be reached at either 1-866-636-3749 or via email at email@example.com.
The local utility, AEP will continue to deliver your electricity, read your meters, and issue your monthly bills. You will continue to call AEP at 800-277-2177 for emergency repairs, downed power lines, billing questions, non-working street lights, etc.
In this program, the price you will receive for the generation related charges is fixed at 4.34 cents per kilowatt hour through May 2025.
You would need to contact Energy Harbor at 1-866-636-3749 to request enrollment. Customers served by another supplier should review the obligations in their existing contract before joining the City of North Canton program, as many suppliers charge a fee for early termination.
“Opt out” means that you can decide not to participate in the City’s electric governmental aggregation program. By returning the opt-out form, which is included in the mailing, by the due date you will not be enrolled as an electric generation customer with Energy Harbor, the City’s competitive electric generation supplier, and you will not receive the low program rate of 4.34 cents per kilowatt hour. Opt-out letters explaining the rate, terms and conditions were sent by Energy Harbor in mid-May 2021.
If you do not return the opt-out form postmarked by the required date, you will be included in the City’s governmental aggregation program.
You may stay with your current electric utility, which will continue to supply your electricity as it always has. Or, you may shop for a new competitive electric supplier. A list of competitive electric suppliers certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and their current prices is available by calling 800-686-7826.
No. You will continue to receive one bill from AEP that shows their distribution charges and the supply charge of Energy Harbor.
Yes. Even though you have chosen a new supplier of electricity, AEP continues to deliver the electricity to our homes and businesses. Distribution charges and a flat monthly customer charge apply whether you choose a supplier on your own or remain supplied by AEP.
Yes, AEP will continue to offer those programs. However, budget billing applies only to charges from AEP. The budget billing program does not apply to your charges from Energy Harbor. Energy Harbor is a different company from AEP. On your monthly AEP statement, you’ll notice a charge from Energy Harbor for generation and transmission.
Yes. The City owned accounts are eligible to receive the discounted rate.
Small commercial accounts using less than 700,000 kilowatts per hour per year and with a peak demand less than 200 kilowatts are eligible. Interested accounts using more than this amount, will need to call Energy Harbor at 1-866-636-3749 to obtain this rate.
No, you must mail in your completed form and it must be postmarked by the deadline.
For answers to your questions, please call:
The programs are similar but totally independent. You do not have to belong to one to participate in the other.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has approved a number of additional assistance programs to help customers with their energy bills. You may be eligible to participate in other programs and this offer from Dynegy. Eligibility and enrollment information can be found on the PUCO’s website.
Learn more about our Fire Requirements.
Please call 330-499-3404 for more information about scheduling a tour.
Please dial 330-497-4899 for any questions or concerns you may have about CPR classes.
Check the Community Calendar of Events for additional information.
Car-seat installation is offered at the North Canton Fire Department by a state trained car-seat technician. This also includes hands on training with your car seat for your vehicle. An appointment is required so call 330-499-3404 to schedule yours.
No. Your address should be on your house by the front door and should be visible from the street. The address that is on your curb is not visible when there is snow on the ground. You may order an address reflective sign from the City for $14 by calling 330-499-8223 ext. 1005.
After the cancellation of our prior gas aggregation contract due to Volunteer Energy’s bankruptcy in March 2022, the City went out to bid seeking a new supplier and contract. As of July 2022, we have selected IGS Energy as our program's new supplier; however, the program is not yet active, as the contract is still being finalized.
The gas aggregation program rate and term will be finalized along with our new contract with program supplier IGS Energy.
Simply put, it’s the entire community joining together to form one large buying group. By voting to allow an aggregation, residents allow their community to shop for natural gas on their behalf.
When residents form one large buying group they have more buying power. The aggregation is in a better position to negotiate favorable pricing and supply terms than what could ordinarily be achieved by any one individual resident.
In Ohio there are two types of Aggregations. A community may conduct an “Opt-Out” program or an “Opt-In” program. With Opt-Out programs, each eligible resident is automatically enrolled in the program unless they notify the supplier that they do not wish to participate. With Opt-In programs, each resident must notify the supplier to actively enroll in the program. Opt-Out Aggregations are the most common types of aggregation programs, because they result in higher participation that usually results in lower rates.
For starters, a community must obtain the approval of voters to form a natural gas aggregation program. Community leaders are then permitted to proceed through a series of steps to become certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio as a Governmental Natural Gas Aggregator.
With the assistance of a PUCO certified consultant, a community seeks bids from Certified Retail Natural Gas Service Providers. A qualified bidder is selected to supply the aggregation with its gas for a set period of time. An “Opt-Out” Notice is sent to each eligible community resident prior to the start of the aggregation. Each resident has 21 days from the postmarked date on the notice to contact the supplier to withdraw or “Opt-Out” of the program. After the 21-day period, any resident not opting out will be submitted to the utility company for enrollment in the program. The utility company will send notice of the pending enrollment to each participating resident. Each resident will then have 7 days to rescind their enrollment in the program by contacting the utility company. After the 7-day rescission period, all participating customers are officially enrolled in the program. The new supplier will appear on your natural gas bill within one to two billing cycles after enrollment is verified by the utility.
Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) will continue to deliver your natural gas and maintain the pipeline system that brings it to your home or business. You will continue to call DEO 877-542-2630 for emergency repairs or gas leaks. For non-emergencies such as billing questions, service turn on or turn off, call 800-362-7557.
Nothing. Enrollment in the program is free and you need not take any action. You only need to be eligible to participate. Please refer to the eligibility criteria shown below.
No, by law there are certain limitations on eligibility. All of the current participants in our community’s program will receive a notice of the new program rates, terms and conditions and continue to be eligible. Newly eligible residents or businesses must be located within the community limits. Furthermore, they must have received an Opt-Out Notice from Volunteer Energy. Here are the criteria for new member eligibility:
Customer switching takes place when meters are read. Therefore, your start date will depend on when DEO reads your meter. Once the city's new gas aggregation program contract with IGS Energy is finalized, we will be able to provide an estimated billing period during which you can expect your service to begin.
The community’s Governmental Aggregation Program can go on indefinitely. We have been working to get our program back up and running since March 2022, when prior program supplier Volunteer Energy unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy, thus cancelling our gas aggregation contract. The program term will be finalized along with our new contract with supplier IGS Energy.
While most residents will remain in, and benefit from Governmental Aggregation Programs, the choice is up to you. If you receive an opt-out letter but do not want to participate, you will have 21 days in which to return a reply card to IGS Energy or call them; contact information will be released once the contract is finalized. If you fail to opt out, IGS Energy will enroll you as a new customer. DEO will then acknowledge the enrollment and send you a confirmation letter reminding you of the pending switch. That letter will mention that you can cancel the switch by contacting DEO within 7 days.
No. For your convenience, you will continue to receive only one bill from DEO. It will show DEO’s delivery charges and the supply charge amount owed IGS Energy. DEO continues to read your meter, issue monthly bills and responds to all service calls.
Yes. If you are on budget billing, you will remain on budget billing.
Note: DEO calculates your monthly budget amount each month by summing your total delivered gas cost on a rolling 12-month basis and dividing that total by average monthly usage in the same 12-month period.
Yes. A very attractive feature of our program is your ability to leave free of charge at any time for any reason. There are several “formal” opportunities to take yourself out of the program. First, when an offer is presented you will have 21-days to Opt-Out by returning a card to IGS Energy or making a toll-free phone call; contact information for IGS will be released once our contract is finalized. If you do not Opt-Out, DEO will then send a confirmation notice giving you 7 more days to cancel the switch. Furthermore, by law, you will be able to leave without penalty at least every two years. If you would like to choose another supplier or return to the utility company supply, you would notify IGS Energy via phone. If you leave the program it may take one to two utility billing cycles before the switch appears on your utility bill.
Natural gas prices are highly volatile. Market rates change often and quickly. Price differences between communities will vary based primarily on the contract term and the dates on which pricing was secured for the community.
Yes. During the initial enrollment, any eligible resident that does not receive an Opt-Out Notice may contact IGS Energy directly to enroll in the program. Contact information for IGS will be released once our new contract is finalized.
IGS Energy will always try to accommodate residents should they wish to enroll after the initial enrollment period. However, IGS reserves the right to decline late enrollments depending on market conditions.
Yes, however your supplier may charge an early termination fee. All residents should check the terms and conditions of their current contract for more information.
A resident moving within the same community can stay in the aggregation by providing IGS Energy with their new address. If a resident moves out of the community or does not provide IGS Energy with their new address, their participation will end and no early termination fee will apply.
The programs are similar but totally independent. The electric and gas programs have different suppliers and are on different time lines. You do not have to belong to one to participate in the other.
We have retained Independent Energy Consultants, Inc., a PUCO certified broker and aggregator of electric and natural gas, without using any taxpayer money. They have designed, implemented, and administered similar successful gas and electric programs that impact over 100 communities across Ohio. We will have their assistance and that of IGS Energy throughout the program.
As of now, our gas aggregation program is not yet active. Contact information for IGS Energy will be released once our new contract is finalized.
Additional questions can be directed to IGS Energy, whose contact information will be released once our contract is finalized. For general information on natural gas deregulation in Ohio, you can also visit the Web Sites of the Ohio Consumer’s Counsel, or the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
Note: While we are always happy to assist callers to the best of our ability, the city's involvement in our gas aggregation program is limited to Administration's establishment of the program's contract as an optional resource for our community. Thus, our ability to answer questions is often limited to providing contract-related information, or otherwise referring residents to either IGS Energy or Dominion Energy Ohio (DEO) for the most accurate information if we are unable to assist. Customer enrollment and account management will be handled by IGS Energy, and gas utility billing will continue to be handled by DEO.
If you are in the healthcare field at all you are probably required to have the BLS for Healthcare Providers. If you are just taking the class for yourself or are taking it for coaching purposes you need the Heartsaver AED. If you are unsure please email CPR Certification or call 330-497-4899.
You can either call the station at 330-497-4899 or email CPR Certification. Please include your full name, phone number and email for registration purposes.
The cost of the class is $40.00 for BLS or Heartsaver CPR/AED. The cost of the Coaches classes is $5.00 per person. Books are available to sign out for use during class. If you would like to purchase a book please call or email us for info. Cost of books varies for the different classes. The class must be paid for with exact cash or a check made out to "The City of North Canton." We don't keep change in the office and the city does not take credit cards for CPR at this time. We appreciate if the class is paid for at least a week ahead of time, this secures your spot in the class.
We usually limit our classes to nine students, but there are occasions at busy times of the year or when we have additional instructors that we will increase the size to fifteen students.
We are very busy in July, August, December, January and sometimes June. Classes fill quickly at this time. The reason being many classes in the healthcare fields, require AHA BLS for healthcare providers to sign up, as a result this is also when people need to re-certify.
Your card is good for 2 years.
Heartsaver CPR / AED is approximately 2 hours and BLS for Healthcare providers runs 3 to 4 hours, both depending on class size and the amount of questions.
Dress comfortably. You will be on and off the floor doing skills.
We are located at:
345 NE 7th StreetNorth Canton, OH 44720
You can park in the Dogwood park parking lot. If the pool parking lot is open you are also welcome to park there.
In class it is DVD and hands on, so the book is to review the information beforehand and also to use as a reference guide in the future. There is a written test in the BLS for Healthcare Providers class and there are questions that are not covered in the DVD. If you are not sure you have the correct book just ask me.
There are some courses that you can do online and come to the station for a skills test. There is a $30 fee for the skills test. The website for the online courses is www.onlineaha.org. After you complete the online portion, you can contact us for an appointment to do your skills test. You must print your certificate after you finish the online portion, and bring it with you to your skills test.
Jackson Township Fire Department also offers classes. Contact them at 330-834-3951 for additional information.
If it is not an emergency, leave a voice mail with the department you have called or call the Mayor’s Office at 330-499-8223 to leave a message and it will get directed to the proper person the next business day. You may also send an email by using the Contact Page on this website.
If it is an emergency call 911. If it is not an emergency but an urgent issue, you may call the non-emergency police dispatch number 330-499-5911 at any time or day. The North Canton Police Dispatch Center is operated 24 hours / 7 days a week.
Winter hours (September through April)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Summer hours (May through August)
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
When we fog for mosquitoes it takes four days, Monday through Thursday, 1/4 of the City each night. We generally schedule fogging once a month during the summer months. Depending on weather and mosquito population, this time frame may vary.
For rental information please call Recreation Rentals at 330-499-8223, ext. 1006. Payment must be made at the time of making a reservation. Reservations and credit card payments can now be made online. Cash and check payments can be made in person at City Hall, 145 North Main Street.
If mailing a payment, please send check to:
North Canton City Hall
145 N. Main Street
North Canton, OH 44720
Yes, the shelters at Price Park, Witwer Park and Eastwoods Park can be rented for a $45 non-refundable fee. Reservations and credit card payments can be made online. All other parks are on a first come, first serve basis. Any inquires can be made to Recreation Rentals at 330-499-8223 ext. 1006.
No, people renting the hall have the use of the Gazebo. There is no charge for the use of the Gazebo at Price Park and it is on a first come, first serve basis.
Yes, the ballfields at Price Park and Witwer Park can be rented by calling the Rental Office at 330-499-8223 ext. 1006.
You can either fill out an online Vacation House Check Request form by clicking on the link
Call the dispatcher at 330-499-5911 and give them the following information:
They will enter that information in the computer so it will be available if there are any problems in your neighborhood. We also recommend that you have a family member or close friend check your residence periodically while you are away.
Ohio's Child Passenger Safety Law is defined in Ohio Revised Code 4511.81.
As of Oct. 7, 2009, Ohio’s children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.
Ohio’s child passenger safety law requires the following:
For more information download the Ohio Child Passenger Safety brochure.
Car-seat installation is offered at both North Canton Fire Department Stations
Contact them for an appointment Monday thru Friday 8am-4pm at (330) 497-3404 or after hours until 9pm and weekends at (330) 497-4899
The siren is activated to warn the citizens that the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning in Stark County. You should proceed to the basement of your house and tune to a local radio or television station for further information. If you do not have a basement, then you should take shelter in an interior closet. You should avoid calling the Police or Fire Department for information about the siren. The siren is tested on the first Monday of the month at noon for one minute.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office has mandated that all civilian background requests after May 31, 2006 have to be submitted electronically. Our police department does not currently have the capability to submit fingerprints electronically so we will no longer be able to process this type of fingerprint request. Locations available to have this done and the amount charged can be found by visiting the WebCheck website.
Marriages, divorces, child custody, and child visitation are covered by the civil laws of the State of Ohio. Law Enforcement officers generally cannot enforce civil laws of the state. We would respond to all requests over child custody / visitation disputes to ensure no violence occurred or that no other laws were violated. If it is only a dispute over visitation, both parties would be referred to their private attorneys to file the appropriate contempt of court charges with the court that issued the order. If there were criminal statutes violated, then appropriate action will be taken.
North Canton City Ordinance Section 351.14 prohibits on street parking between the hours of 2 - 6 a.m. for longer than thirty minutes everyday. The Police Department does grant temporary permission for a night to individuals that need to park on the street because of special occasions. Contact the Police Dispatcher at 330-499-5911 for authorization.
The City requires that all residents register their bicycles with the department. This can be done anytime in person by completing a registration card at the department. Owners will be issued a sticker for the bicycle that is valid for as long as you own the bicycle. The cost is $1 per bicycle. The license will help the Police Department return the bicycle to you if the bicycle is lost or stolen.
Copies of reports can be requested either by mail or in person. If requesting by mail please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope. If the request is for 19 pages or less, then there is no charge for the copies. Cost for requests for twenty pages or more are set at .05 cents per page. You should advise us if you are also requesting photographs related to the report. These are provided at cost. You can telephone 330-499-5911 to check and see if a report has been processed and is available.
First you should notify the school principal of the problem. After that, the police department provides the services of a school resource officer (SRO) if your child attends a North Canton School or lives inside the City Limits of North Canton. You may call the department at 330-499-5911 and ask to speak to or leave a message for the SRO.
911 should be dialed when an ambulance, fire unit, or a police officer is needed at a particular location for an emergency. When you dial 911, a Stark County 911 telecommunications operator located at the Stark County Safety Building receives your call. The dispatcher determines what agency and type of emergency that you have. This information is forwarded to the North Canton Police Department if the emergency is in our jurisdiction. Your address will automatically print out on both a printer and a dispatcher’s computer monitor. The dispatcher will automatically start the appropriate response to the location. If it is safe to do so, please stay on the line so that the dispatcher can obtain additional and current information. Remember to speak clearly and slowly.
The detective bureau maintains an anonymous tip line that is answered by an answering machine. Anyone can call 330-966-3633 to leave a non-emergency tip.
If you have a gun or ammo that you no longer want and you do not have a safe means of disposal, call the Police Department and set up a time to turn them in to the department. You will be required to sign an authorization form allowing the department to have the item destroyed.
The Department utilizes a speed trailer to check speeds, display real time speeds, and count cars in various spots throughout the city. If you would like the trailer set up in your neighborhood or business area, call the Department at 330-499-5911 and leave a message for the Chief of Police.
The North Canton Civil Service Commission handles applications for full-time positions as an officer or dispatcher. The Commission sets the qualifications and conducts testing for the positions. If you complete an application with their office, they will notify you when testing is being conducted. If you mark an application for both a full-time and part-time position, the Commission will forward a copy to the Police Department for consideration on the part-time request.
The Civil Service Commission is located at City Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Their telephone number is 330-499-8223 ext. 1006. Applicants wishing only a part-time position should ask for an application from the dispatch center at the Police Department. This can be done any time of the day. Completed applications will be forwarded to the Chief of Police.
Driveway approaches are the homeowner’s responsibility.
Yes, the area designated as city right-of-way requires the homeowner to maintain and mow.
Yes, sidewalks are not city property and are required by City ordinance to be maintained including any repairs needed and snow removal.
Plowed snow off street cannot be placed back out in the street. Doing so is a violation of city ordinance.
Downspouts and catch basins on private property need to be maintained by the homeowner.
Sewer laterals are the homeowner’s responsibility from the house to the city line in the street even if our line is across the road. If you have questions concerning this please call 330-499-8223 Option 6.
If the light is a traffic signal or one of the decorative black street lights along Main Street/Maple Street, please call the City at 330/499-8223 ext. 1902.
If it is a regular street light you may call AEP directly at 877-237-2886 and they will make a repair note. You may also go to https://aepohio.com/outages/report/StreetlightProblem.aspx to report any outages. It is best if you are able to describe the location well or have a pole number (all poles have a number on them) when reporting the problem.
You can call the utilities billing office at 330-499-4801. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with voice mail available after business hours. The billing office will take your address and call the trash hauler to let them know you were missed. In most instances your trash and/or recycling will be picked up on the next pickup day.
The City has a general Curbside Recycling Program, as well as a seasonal Curbside Yard Waste Recycling Program.
Residents currently in the city’s natural gas program starting December 2014 will pay a low fixed rate of $4.19 per Mcf for all gas billed during the months of December 2014 through November 2016. This is an “opt out” program requiring residents not already enrolled with another supplier to call and ask to “opt out.” Constellation Energy can be reached at 800-718-1493 to opt out of this program, or opt into the program if not already in or for other information about the program. A resident may opt out free of charge from the program once during a 2 year period. Residents are encouraged to visit the PUCO Apples to Apples website to compare prices.
The City of North Canton offers free Christmas Tree pickup service to all residents of the City of North Canton who are on the City refuse pickup program. All Christmas Trees should be at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regular trash pickup day. Cut the tops off the trees if they are over six foot.
You can pay Utility and Tax online.
Yes. Each year residents receive notification letters regarding the new fixed price per kWh (for electric) and per MCF (for gas).