Local consumers to hold second utility forum

(Plain Press, July 2004) Following its highly successful community forum in February, Consumers for Fair Utility Rates (CFUR), along with West Side Ecumenical Ministries, will sponsor a panel presentation on July 27 th featuring Jeanine Migden, the new Ohio Consumer’s Counsel. The event is tentatively entitled Public Utilities-Where is the Voice of the Community? The forum will be from 6:30 to 8PM on Tuesday, July 27 at WSEM’s Reimberger Auditorium, 5209 Detroit Ave.

This will be the first visit to this area by Jeanine Migden since she was appointed Ohio ’s Consumer Counsel and will be an excellent opportunity to hear her thoughts and ideas about how the Consumer Counsel can better represent all within our communities.

Migden, State Representative Michael Skindell and Joseph Meisner, Director of Urban Development Office at the Legal Aid Society, will be part of a panel discussing current utility issues of deregulation, rising utility costs, and the roles of community input and panelists’ organizations in addressing utility issues. Time will be provided for questions from the audience. The event will be moderated by Ward 17 Councilman Matt Zone who is also a member of Cleveland City Council’s Utility Committee. There is a possibility that one of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) commissioners may also participate.

There is ample parking across the street and the event is free and open the to the public. Call Tim Walters at 631-5800 for more information. Consumers for Fair Utility Rates is a local grassroots organization comprised mainly of residents from the west side of Cleveland . This forum is part of a larger focus to continue to raise residents’ concerns and issues about the state of utilities in our neighborhoods.


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