The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

January 16, 2013

Electrical aggregation to be on city ballots

DANVILLE — City voters will see an electrical aggregation referendum on their ballots in April.

Tuesday night, city council members unanimously approved placing the referendum question on the April 9 municipal ballot.

Ward 1 Alderman Kevin Davis and Ward 2 Alderwoman Lois Cooper were absent.

There was no more discussion by aldermen about the issue.

The question will read “Shall the City of Danville have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?”

The city can enter into an agreement with a consultant or negotiate with an energy supplier to secure a lower rate for electric service, with the intent to have residents and small businesses see reduced electric bills.

A November referendum for the county was determined to make the program available only to unincorporated areas, not the city. It passed by a 2-to-1 margin in the city. The city would have the same “opt-out” program as the county’s.

The program, if approved in April, would be in effect within 60 days after the election.

Also Tuesday, council members also heard from resident David Crawley about job opportunities with Kohl’s, Meijer and T.J. Maxx. He said public concerns are about if there are any full-time jobs available for local residents.

The Kohl’s job fair that ends today was for part-time jobs.

“It’s hard to support a family on (part-time work),” Crawley said.

Council members also learned about upcoming city budget study sessions and meetings.

Mayor Scott Eisenhauer will present a first proposed budget draft to the city council on Feb. 5.

Home Rule Tax is coming in slightly lower than anticipated, while all other major revenues are coming in slightly higher than estimated, according to city comptroller Gayle Lewis.

Lewis also said in a budget memo that she will be asking department/division heads to make sure their budget requests reflect the cost of maintaining existing core services.

City officials will review initial budget requests from the tax levy process to determine the exact amount needed to balance the budget. An estimated $550,000 is needed in cuts and/or revenues to have a balanced budget.

In other business, the council approved:

The final plat of the Meijer Danville Subdivision Plat for 3623-3651 N. Vermilion St.

A rezoning petition requested by Kevin Gombert that the zoning of the property at 12 Corrine St. be changed from R2 single family residential zoning to B3 general business zoning in order to provide additional parking for Kevin’s Auto Sales, 540 E. Main St.

Accepting the donation of two buses from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District.

A cash flow loan and budget amendment to capital improvements for Danville Mass Transit due to late state funding.

Purchasing a wheeled front-end loader for $124,328 from Martin Equipment of Tolono. The cost was increased slightly for “load control” capabilities.

Purchasing 16 parcels of property along Bowman Avenue to improve Bowman between Crestview across from Heavenly Square and Winter avenues. City officials will be negotiating the purchases.

The approximately $45,000 cost will be paid with motor fuel tax funds.

Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black said he doesn’t want to see the city purchase property and then have to wait three to four years for construction.

Urban Services Director David Schnelle said he doesn’t believe that will be the case.

He said if funding is found, through legislative help or other sources, construction could start next year.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • a Earns Best Buy.jpg Danv test headline goes here Danv test web summary goes here.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police, Fire Reports

    August 21, 2014

  • NWS-CN 08-21 Bomb photo Bomb scare empties city block

    DANVILLE — Emergency personnel shut down a city block and evacuated several businesses following a suspicious package found along North Walnut Street.Danville police were contacted a little after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday after a black suitcase was discov

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 08-21 Renaissance photo Ellsworth to host Renaissance Village DANVILLE—The Illinois Renaissance Festival will celebrate its 10th year in Danville with some new activities.This is the festival’s 12th year. It was in Champaign in 2003-2004 and moved to Danville in 2005, according to JoMarie Dugan, director of the

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot SPRINGFIELD — Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the Novemb

    August 21, 2014

  • Police Reports Incidents reported to police include:DanvilleMonday:Home repair fraud reported in the 1300 block of Vacketta Drive.Tuesday:Trespassing in the 900 block of Wakley Drive.Theft in the 400 block of Gilbert Street.Theft in the 100 block of Grace Street.Th

    August 21, 2014

  • Board pleased with dress code compliance DANVILLE — Although the school year is young, Danville District 118 administrators and school board members are pleased with implementation of the new dress code.

    August 21, 2014

  • Art group plans open house

    August 20, 2014

  • Barbecue contest opens

    August 20, 2014

  • Police, Fire Reports

    August 20, 2014

E-edition
Spring 2014 Photos


Buy these photos and more via Smugmug

AP Video
NYC Doctor-in-chief Seeks Community Approach Indonesian Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters Raw: Shots Fired in Liberian Shantytown DOJ, Bank of America Reach Record Settlement Raw: Cubavision Airs Images of Fidel Castro Raw: Grief After Deadly Airstrikes in Gaza Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Kathy Griffin Challenges Minaj to 'a Booty Off' Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man
NDN Video
2 American Ebola Patients Released From Hospital Joel McHale Interviews Chelsea VIDEO: Goliath Grouper eats shark in one bite US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Reggie Jackson's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Sicilian hilltop homes on sale for one euro Are Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Breaking Up? Motorcyclist Sticks Landing This 'Breaking Bad' Reunion is the Most Hilarious Thing You'll See All Day! President Obama talks about who James Foley was Nicki Minaj Unleashes Her 'Anaconda' On the World Watch Helicopter Perform Aerial Ballet Can Buckeyes fill Miller's void? Victoria's Secret Models Prove They're in Fighting Shape How Brian Hoyer Stacks Up With Johnny Manziel Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 1989 is Full-On Pop Crews rescue elderly woman trapped inside flooded minivan Man Poses for New Mugshot Photo Wearing Shirt with Old Mugshot Photo On It Disquieting times for Malaysia's 'fish listeners' Caught On Camera: Johnny Manziel Obscene Gesture
Must Read