BY KIM LUTTRELL
Westville trustees heard a presentation Tuesday from a representative of Ameren Illinois concerning the village’s franchise agreement with the utility for its street lights.
Westville has a long-term franchise agreement with Ameren Illinois that gives the village a 60 percent discount in the cost of electricity for its street lights. The agreement is in effect until 2042.
However, the village, like its residents, is interested in taking advantage of the recently approved municipal aggregation in the village-wide referendum held earlier this month. The village is trying to gather information to see if it will be eligible and whether there would be a cost savings to the village if it changed its electric supplier.
According to Ameren’s representative, the village has several options it can look at. The village can opt-out its street light account from any municipal aggregation and keep that account with Ameren. Other options include switching the street lighting to another electric provider and receive a payment of about $41,600 annually as Ameren’s cost of providing discount electricity to the village under its franchise agreement.
Council members will conduct a special meeting later this month to discuss the municipal aggregation referendum approved on April 9.
In other council matters, trustees:
Heard village clerk Vickie Slavik read a letter from retired Judith Giacoma Grade School Principal Melinda Tucker complimenting police chief David Booe and other members of the police department for their dedication and service to the grade school during her time as principal.
Learned vandalism has already increased in the park with the warmer weather and longer days. Parks committee chairman Darren VanDuyn said that even though the park has had several new security cameras installed, the vandalism continues. VanDuyn said that anyone caught vandalizing the park will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Trustees also requested more police patrols in the park as well as using the police cadets to patrol the park.
Heard a request to extend the time allowed to burn yard waste by homeowners. The current limit is 6 p.m. However, it was brought to council’s attention that some persons who work and don’t get home until 5 p.m. do not have sufficient time to burn material before 6 p.m. Council took no action on the request.
Learned of traffic problems on Moses Avenue during soccer season due to cars parking on both sides of the street. This causes problems for traffic to move through the area including emergency equipment. Council took no action on the matter.
Heard a proposal to add Columbus Day and President’s Day as village holidays. Council members deferred the matter to the new mayor and council since the 2013 holiday calendar was already set.
Set a special meeting for 7 p.m. May 2 to swear in newly elected officials and for mayoral appointments.
NEXT UP: The Westville Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 21 in the municipal building.