Voters in Palestine will be able to decide this November whether or not they want the village to take part in an electrical supply aggregation program.
The trustees approved a resolution during Thursday's meeting to put the matter on the ballot during the November general election. If approved by the voters, the trustees will be able to designate an approved electrical provider for the residents of the village.
Javier Barrios of GoodEnergy Corp. was at the meeting Thursday and told the trustees and residents at the meeting that Ameren will still bill the customers, deliver the electricity to the homes and maintain the lines, but the aggregation would seek the most competitive rate for the actual supply of electricity.
Even if the voters approve the plan on the ballot, residents who are not interested in participating will still be able to opt-out by notifying the village within a specified time period.
If approved, the trustees will evaluate potential suppliers for the best rate and will re-evaluate what the market is doing before renewing the commitment at the end of the term. Barrios also noted that trustees are not under any obligation to take any action even if the referendum passes, if the figures are not favorable to the residents of Palestine. In other business, the trustees in Palestine have reached the "end of the road" with a property owner within the village who has for the past four years refused to make any progress in cleaning up or making any improvements to his derelict property.
The board voted in favoring of condemning the Matteson property at 205 N. Rush, inching the property closer to demolition. "I feel like the board has gone out of its way to work with this guy and avoid condemnation," trustee Larry Surrells said. "I feel like we're at the end of the road."
The board also voted to allow Matteson two weeks before the demolition begins to retrieve items he wants from the property.