City Council to vote on electricity proposal

Lynnsey Veach, Staff Reporter

The Charleston City Council will decide on a proposal that will affect residents’ choice of electrical suppliers during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall.

The city council will be voting on an amendment to the Electrical Aggregation Program Plan of Operation and Governance. If approved by the council, this amendment would operate as an Electricity Aggregation Program, which is an electricity program that applies to all residential and business customers unless they choose to opt out of it.

Mayor Brandon Combs said the Electrical Aggregation Program allows the city to give residents the option of having a locked rate of kilowatts per hour of electricity. There are also other options to this program if they do not choose to have this locked rate.

“Our city manager negotiated a new rate with the new contract,” Combs said.

The council will be voting to renew the City as co-guarantor on a loan for Charleston Carnegie Public Library. According to the agenda, the library is unable to receive financing without the City guarantying the loan.

The loan would be from First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust for the total amount of $263,091 for past construction that was done in 2010 on the library.

“The construction has already been done and we are just locking in the remaining loan with First Mid-Illinois Bank at a good interest rate,” Combs said. “This is not for anything new to be done to the library, (the loan is) just paying off debt for what was done in the past.”

An agreement between the city and Bushue Human Resources Inc. will be voted on at the meeting.

The agreement would be to have Bushue Human Resources Inc. provide insurance consultation services associated with the City’s insurance requirements, with a monthly fee of $708.33 beginning this year on May 1 and ending April 30, 2019.

Combs will be announcing the appointment of Steve Bennett to a 5-year term on the Electrical Commission and the City’s appointment of Doug McDermand to a 3-year term on the Fire and Police Board of Commissioners.

The council will be voting on the approval of a raffling license for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1592, to raise funds for the Hutton Masonic Lodge.

If approved, tickets will be sold at the Charleston VFW, beginning March 15 through July 3.


Lynnsey Veach can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]