Question and Answer Document about Possibly Bringing Public Water Service to the Village

This question and answer document is posted in anticipation of a vote by village property owners to determine the possibility of public water service for our village. In the near future you will receive, by mail, a ballot for registering your vote on this matter. Property owners will receive one ballot for each parcel capable of being served from a public main. We have 118 parcels of property so eligible along our village thoroughfares. A simple majority of parcel owners voting in favor of public water service will cause Village Council to make the request of our County Commissioners.

The Q&A contains 23 questions, answers and tables of information about the process of public water service. If you have questions as to the eligibility of your parcel(s) or other questions, please contact Mayor James Beal or a member of council.

Thank you for your participation in this historic event.

Mayor James Beal
Council President John Guidubaldi
Council Members Elizabeth Hartley, Dianne Kauffman, Suzanne Lipps, Amey Park and Nancy Stillwagon




Village of Sugar Bush Knolls Joins NOPEC for Electricity  (May 12, 2014)

The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) is a public, non-profit group that shops on behalf of its communities for less expensive rates for gas and electricity.

The Village of Sugar Bush Knolls is already a member of NOPEC for natural gas.  Council members voted at the May 12, 2014 Village Council meeting to join NOPEC for electricity.  Joining NOPEC cost the Village and its residents nothing.  By living in the Village, residents are automatically a member of NOPEC but they can opt-out.

Village residents who do not have a contract with an electricity supplier will

  1. Receive a letter offering them the opportunity to opt-out of NOPEC for electricity.
  2. Become members of NOPEC if they do nothing.  They will receive an opt-out letter every three years (every two years for natural gas).
  3. Continue to receive the same electricity bills if they don’t opt-out of NOPEC.
  4. Realize an automatic 6% savings on their electricity bill, with an additional 1% that is held aside and often given back to customers, if they don’t opt-out of NOPEC.

Village residents who have a contract with another electricity supplier

  1. Won’t receive an opt-out letter.
  2. Have the option of canceling their current contract and opting to use NOPEC, but they might have to pay an early withdrawal fee to their current supplier.
  3. Can sign up for MyNOPEC at

Village residents who let their contract with another electricity supplier lapse will receive an opt-out letter from NOPEC within two months.

More information can be found here or by calling (440) 248-1992.