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The Village of Ogden is looking into electric aggregation.
At the July 5 meeting the board voted to place on the ballot a question regarding if the village should have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of the program.
Trustee Todd Newsom said if the entire community takes part in the program the village would get a better rate.
Mayor Jack Reidner said the village had been waiting to tackle the issue until it was made clear if Champaign County was going to do a county wide program.
Reidner said he thought it would be a good idea for the village to put the issue on the ballot.
The village also voted to allow Good Energy, from New York, to provide consultant services and procurement for Ogden residential and small business commercial electric accounts. Good Energy will provide residential opt-out consulting services, marketing services for opt-out electric aggregation program and associated costs to perform an awareness campaign, coordinate with the Illinois Commerce Commission, attend public hearings, work with electric suppliers during the bid process and negotiate fees for the village with the chosen supplier.
The fee for Good Energy will be paid by the selected electricity supplier per kilowatt hour for electricity purchased.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to convert their sirens to narrow band.
The change is federally mandated.
The sirens are set off with a radio and in order to do that the sirens need to be modified.
The board voted to convert the sirens with a cost not to exceed $4,400. The board also received an update on the water tower painting project.
Reidner said the target start date is July 20 but that the excessive heat may push the project back further.
The board voted to table the issue of sidewalk repair at 105 W. Broadway until they could speak to the property owner.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to give village employees a 4 percent raise.