Oblong residents will get to decide if they want electrical aggregation this November.
Electrical aggregation empowers the local government body to designate an approved electrical provider for its residents. Ameren will still maintain the lines, deliver the electricity to customers, and provide billing services, but the actual electricity will be supplied by another company.
During last month's Oblong Village Board meeting, trustees learned about aggregation, the benefits and potential savings to residential and small retail business customers. Before the village can join an aggregation it has to be approved by the voters, and the village approved a resolution placing the question on the ballot for November. The resolution had to be passed before Aug. 20 to be placed on the ballot.
The board also approved the services of Good Energy for marketing and to educate voters about aggregation.
If Oblong voters approve aggregation, trustees will evaluate potential suppliers before committing. Trustee Tony Madlem is part of an aggregation for his business, but said he did not see a significant saving for his home compared to existing plans. He is reluctant to do something for people that they can do for themselves. He did note that, based on estimated prices, there would be a saving for local residents.
Mayor Randy Rich and Trustee Rick Houdasheldt, like Madlem, do not want to impose more government on residents, but Trustee Ken Russell said the board has an obligation to provide the best service to their residents.
Further action will await the outcome of the November election.
In other business, the board heard an update on the North Range Street project. Connor and Connor suggested the work could be done in phases, and recommended phase I run from the village limits south to Nebraska Street at a cost of around $207,000. They also estimated that additional work could be done at around $360 per foot.
During recent committee meetings on the project it was suggested that the village could afford up to $325,000 in work at the present time. Based on estimates work could be completed up to Iowa Street for about $394,000. Houdasheldt said that going to Iowa Street would solve 80 percent of the problems in one shot.
Rich directed the finance and street committees to see if the can afford to continue the project to Iowa Street.
The board also approved applying for permits for the Oblong High School Homecoming parade and Spooktacular Halloween parade.
Police Chief Chad Pusey reported no problems with last week's Crawford County Fair. His department did issue 17 citations last month, had 11 offenses reported, and had 100 calls for service.