BY KIM LUTTRELL
Village commissioners, like most other Vermilion County towns and villages, approved a resolution to put the matter of municipal aggregation on the April 9 consolidated election ballot.
The referendum to be placed on the ballot is to allow residents to decide whether the village officials will be empowered to negotiate a better rate for electricity for the village.
County residents approved a county-wide referendum in November, but a ruling by state regulators allowed the county to only represent residents in the unincorporated areas of the county.
If approved by residents, the village could either on its own or through an energy consultant shop around for the lowest price for electricity from a number of different suppliers.
Residents will have two opportunities to opt-out of the program if they do not wish to participate and those that participate will be able to leave the program at any time.
Residents will still receive only one bill from Ameren.
In other council action, commissioners:
Awarded the low bid for the demolition of a house and outbuildings at 107-109 Prairie St. to Prairieland Farm Drainage LLC of Catlin for $7,550.
Approved investing $200,000 with the First National Bank of Georgetown. The funds are from a maturing certificate of deposit with Ogden Bank. The funds will be invested in two CDs of $100,000 each at an interest rate of 0.65 percent.
Gave Sodemann and Associates of Champaign the go ahead to begin preparing documents to put the painting of the exterior and interior of the water tower on Sandusky Street out for bid. Preliminary estimates put the cost at around $65,000.
Catlin Village Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 in the village hall.