PREFERRED PARTNER SELECTED FOR ESPANOLA REGIONAL HYDRO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Espanola, Ontario

January 12, 2018

The Town of Espanola and the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers (the Municipalities) are pleased to announce the acceptance of a letter of intent from North Bay Hydro Distribution Ltd. The Municipalities and North Bay will now proceed with the next phase of the process which includes the completion of due diligence and the preparation of a definitive agreement of purchase and sale. North Bay Hydro President and COO Matt Payne added “We are very excited by the opportunity to create a Northern Partnership with Espanola and Sables-Spanish Rivers that will enhance future sustainability for our communities.”

“It is in the best interest of our residents and hydro ratepayers that these services are delivered through the knowledge and experience of North Bay Hydro” stated Les Gamble, Mayor for the Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers.

Both Sables-Spanish Rivers and Espanola Councils agree that their main focus is to ensure affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity to both communities.  “This sale ensures the infrastructure upgrades which are required to ensure the long term dependability and reliability of our service will continue while minimizing the impact on our distribution rates.  We are confident that North Bay Hydro will bring value to the community in terms of distribution rates and customer service” stated Mayor Ron Piche, Town of Espanola.

The Town of Espanola currently owns 81.0% of Espanola Hydro and Sables-Spanish Rivers the remaining 19.0%; servicing 3,289 customers.

The Government of Ontario continues to promote electricity industry consolidation on a voluntary basis. Various government-sponsored reports have recommended that industry consolidation continue until there are only 8 to 12 mid-sized local distribution companies remaining in the Province, down from 307 in 1998.  The electricity sector has become increasingly complex over the past 19 years and, as a result, smaller local distribution companies in Ontario have become overwhelmed by the diverse demands placed on them by the current regulatory, political, economic and technological environment.

For more information contact:

e colour Cynthia Townsend, CAO/Treasurer
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Town of Espanola
P 705 869 1540 ext 2102
ssr Kim Sloss, Clerk-Administrator
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Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers
705-865-2646 ext. 222

Install Smoke Alarms

Fire Chief Urges Residents to Install Smoke Alarms and Practice Home Fire Escape Plans

Espanola, Ontario
January 9th, 2018

In the wake of a fatal fire in Oshawa, ON on Monday, January 8, 2018, a recent fire in Espanola where a dog woke up a young girl, and 6 fire related fatalities in the province already this year, the Espanola Fire Department wants to remind the public to make sure that they have working smoke alarms on every storey of their home and outside all sleeping areas, and have practiced a home fire escape plan with everyone in their home. 

Espanola Awarded Funding for a Commuter Cycle Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Espanola, Ontario/December 7, 2017


The Town of Espanola was successful in its application to the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program fund.

The funding opportunity was announced in the summer of 2017 by the Minister of Transportation as part of the Province’s Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020 initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario

Wall of Fame Celebration Rescheduled to New Year

Tuesday November 14, 2017
Espanola, Ontario

Save the date!  The celebration to recognize this years’ Wall of Fame recipient Christi Belcourt has been rescheduled to Thursday January 11th. 

2017 Santa Claus Parade

November 7, 2017
Espanola, Ontario

North Pole Confirms Santa’s Arrival in Espanola

A lead contact from the North Pole has just confirmed with Espanola Leisure Services that Santa Claus is coming to town.  Santa will arrive in Espanola on Saturday November 25th.

Newest Wall of Fame Inductee

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Espanola, Ontario

Council for the Town of Espanola has chosen its newest Wall of Fame Inductee.

"It is with great pleasure I announce that Ms. Christi Belcourt has been chosen to be Espanola’s 2017 Wall of Fame recipient," stated Mayor Piche.

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