BY CAROL HICKS
City council members discussed electric aggregation programs at Tuesday’s meeting and the different company presentations seen since the proposal passed placing the electric aggregation on the April ballot.
The program allows residents to sign up with a company that buys electricity at bulk rates. The company passes along part of the potential savings to residents who enroll.
The Vermilion County Board’s electric aggregation program included only the rural areas and not municipalities. Each municipality was informed late last year of this error. Municipalities had to approve placing the electric aggregation on the April ballot to be included in the program.
"We are going to get the residents (of Hoopeston) the best electric rates," Mayor Bill Crusinberry said.
Alderman Bill Goodwine thought the people of Vermilion County were being stampeded into going with the Vermilion County electric aggregation and all options should be viewed.
"I think we can do better," Goodwine said, and added, "We will be looking at the contracts. If the vote passes in April, by the end of April, we will have bids."
In other council business:
Learned it was discussed a volunteer could close the Civic Center in the evening for the walkers since one opens the center in the morning. The park committee will discuss with the volunteers who would close the center at night.
"It (Civic Center) would be well utilized," Alderman Carl Ankenbrand said, "especially during the cold months."
Learned that Spear Corp. worked last Saturday cutting the concrete to repair the gutters at the swimming pool. Ankenbrand stated they would probably work a couple Saturdays to get the work completed.
Learned that Matthew Johnson, engineer for Foth Engineering, reported they were at 60 percent toward the ground/elevated tank repairs drawing. According to Alderman Bill McElhaney, Johnson assured his committee that everything was on track and Johnson’s part would be done by tentatively March 15.
Learned the water main by Anthem had to be repaired last week due to the ground shifting.
Main Street had a water valve break on the north west side of Main and Market and another drainage pipe problem on the south west side that had to be repaired. These are now repaired and gravel covering each. The ground has to settle before a patch can be place on the spots, said McElhaney and, he added his request that people not drive across the sidewalk on the south west corner until the patch is on.
The next Hoopeston city council meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 301 West Main St.