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Brook Park partners with NOACA for EV charging stations

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BROOK PARK, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency obtained federal funds to establish electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the region, and Brook Park will be one of the communities receiving them.

“As you know, electric cars are the way of the future, and we have a grant from NOACA that will pay for the entire thing,” Mayor Mike Gammella told Brook Park City Council at its Dec. 14 caucus. “It would be great for the community to have a charging station here.”

Councilman Brian Poindexter said it will be another way “to put Brook Park on the map.”

“All the electric vehicles have maps that literally put pin drops where the charging stations are,” Poindexter said. “Who knows who might come through to charge their vehicle? I’m all for it.”

City Council ultimately passed legislation on Dec. 21 to enter into a partnership agreement with NOACA. The agency will pay all costs associated with establishing and operating the EV charging stations for five years. Brook Park must maintain the units, according to the contract.

After five years, the city can assume all station operations and costs, or cancel the NOACA agreement and have the equipment removed.

The agreement does not indicate exactly how many EV charging stations will be constructed in Brook Park. The municipal campus near City Hall has been recommended as a likely site, according to the NOACA contract. At the Dec. 14 council caucus, the mayor said two stations would be installed.

The city must enable access to the stations for at least 12 hours each day. Any changes to the property to facilitate construction must be approved by Brook Park officials in advance.

Brook Park can assess a user convenience fee to help recoup the cost of the electricity the city provides to the stations. The city, however, cannot profit from that assessment or direct the funds for other purposes. NOACA will manage the fee payment system.

Either party may cancel the agreement with a written 30-day notice.

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