The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Local News

February 12, 2013

Good Energy talks to leaders

Local residents could see savings by July

DANVILLE — Aldermen Tuesday night heard from Good Energy officials, based out of Peoria and New York, about the consultant working with the city to get the best rate for the electrical aggregation program.

The full city council will act on an agreement next week, but if the referendum passes in the city on April 9, Danville’s electrical rate would be bid with a group of other communities represented by Good Energy.

“There is no outlay financially from the city,” Mayor Scott Eisenhauer again repeated.

A fee of not more than .00075 cents per kilowatt hour for Good Energy would be added to the bid rate the city approves.

An aggregation program gives the city the authority to enter into an electric supply power contract on behalf of residents and small businesses in the city that have not opted out with the intent to secure a lower rate for electric service. This would yield reduced electric bills.

Eisenhauer said if Danville residents now with Integrys want to opt out after a rate is established, they can without penalty.

Residents also can opt-out of the city-endorsed plan and go with someone else, he added.

All residents could start seeing savings in their electric bills, if the referendum passes, by July and August. It could take longer for budget billing customers.

In other business Tuesday, the city council’s Public Works Committee heard from Germantown neighborhood resident Neele Azaka, who lives on Pries Street, about the street’s poor condition.

Azaka is one of about 80 residents in the neighborhood who sent a petition to city officials wanting to see the streets and sidewalks improved in their neighborhood.

“There’s a lot more traffic in the area,” he said, adding that residents are worried about children being hit by vehicles and the vehicles “jumping to one side to the other to avoid pot holes.”

“This is something that has to be dealt with,” Azaka added.

Ward 3 Alderman Bill Gilbert and Public Works director Doug Ahrens agree, with Ahrens adding, “it’s one of two of the top worst ride-ability wise.”

The public works committee recommended using $450,000 in motor fuel tax funds for proposed improvements to Maple, Pries and parts of May streets.

Residents asked for sidewalk upgrades throughout the area, but Urban Services director David Schnelle said only part of the area will see upgrades.

The project is associated with the additional truck traffic at the Watchfire and Automation International facilities.

“That all will be done this summer,” Eisenhauer told Azaka about the improved roadways.

Committee members also received an update on the detention area/storm water management that has not been functioning properly at the First United Methodist Church, 1400 N. Vermilion St.

Schnelle told alderman that paving performed at the church was not done through the city’s normal permitting process. The contractor was fined for not getting permits.

The city was to try to help finish some work on the issue today.

Also Tuesday, the committee recommended approving:

Text Only
Local News
  • Kindergarten roundup nears

    April 20, 2014

  • Head Start services offered

    April 20, 2014

  • City to discuss chicken ordinance, animal control DANVILLE -- Residents love their pets -- ranging from the furry to feathered kind -- and let city officials know about it. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said two of the biggest issues he's received phone calls about since he's been mayor have been about the

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-CN0420 - Vignette2 image Danville thrift store glass gets a second life Chris Moore of Danville admits he's never been known as an artistic person among friends and family. But after seeing some glass garden decorations at a landscaping business about a year ago, something clicked and he decided to try his hand at creati

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three injured in shooting on east side DANVILLE -- Police have made one arrest in connection with a triple shooting incident Friday night on the city's east side. Police and emergency personnel responded around 6:30 p.m. Friday to the 1000 block of Moore Street to reports of shots fire. T

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-CN 0420 - Vignette3 image Odds and ends turn into great useful objects Four Danville Area Community College students took some wooden pallets, a used tire, two broken clocks and a fallen tree limb and created four completely usable objects that will be entered in the college's Trash to Treasures repurposing challenge on

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - CN0420 - Repurpose5 image Trash into treasure What started out as an idea for a class project quickly snowballed into a campuswide initiative at Danville Area Community College, with the results being on display this week. To mark Earth Day this year, the Biology Department and the Sustainabilit

    April 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - CN0420 - Rock Church cross image Floral cross celebrates Easter DANVILLE — A cross at The Rock Church is blooming with the beauty of spring and the promise of Easter.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-CN 04-20 Vignette1 image Couple creates rustic salvaged furniture Kim Hannah of Danville has been salvaging and reusing materials -- most notably barn wood -- for close to two decades. Hannah has sold her handmade crafts and primitive, rustic furniture made of salvaged barn wood at shows around the Midwest for 18 y

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Auxiliary buys ‘Wagons for Warriors’ Auxiliary buys ‘Wagons for Warriors’

    A benefit last month raised $771, which was donated to Wagons for Warriors.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

E-edition
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
NCAA basketball
NDN Video
Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday
Must Read