It’s still unclear if the lights will be shut off at Chapel Hill Mall at the beginning of next week.

Stores at the distressed mall were warned earlier this week that Ohio Edison could shut off their power next week because of the mall’s overdue electricity bill.

Ohio Edison spokesman Chris Eck said late Thursday afternoon that nothing had changed and that the situation was still unresolved.

Eck said Ohio Edison had been in contact with Michael Kohan of Kohan Retail Investment Group and the plan was to continue to communicate with Kohan. The firm owns the mall in northeast Akron.

On Wednesday, Kohan said the bill had been paid with a check sent to the utility via FedEx. Kohan could not be reached for comment Thursday.

Eck declined Wednesday to comment on whether the bill had been partially paid and said disconnection is still scheduled for Monday morning.