'HOT SPOT' WILL BRING MORE MONEY FOR GARDEN CITY POOL
By Heidi Dezayas, Staff Writer
The Garden City Swim Club will receive more money than expected for a deal to add an Internet "hot spot" on pool property. Last week, Monroeville Council approved a leasing agreement with American Towers Inc. of Boston for an Internet "hot spot" for one-year. Swim club officials had estimated $9,000 in revenue from the agreement, but it's going to be more than that, Ward 4 Councilman Jim Brown said. The swim club will receive $1,100 each month through the agreement. Swim club officials have been hoping for the extra money because the club didn't receive a $5,000 grant from the municipality this year. Brown said he's happy it worked out. "This could very well be the thing that saves them," he said.
Monroeville will pay less for energy services over the next three years. Officials had hired America Approved Commercial, LLC to help the municipality obtain lower energy costs. Officials agreed to enter into an agreement with Integrys Energy Group Inc. of Chicago at a cost of 0.069 of a cent per kilowatt-hour.
"You don't see too much in the sixes right now," said Elliot Edelstein of America Approved Commercial, LLC.
The municipality has dealt with Duquesne Light in the past. Duquesne Light's rate came in at 0.073 cents per kilowatt-hour. Over a three-year period, the municipality expects to save $38,000 if Duquesne Light rates remain the same. If rates increase, savings could be as much as $148,487, Edelstein said.