CENTERBURG — After discussion at last night’s monthly meeting, the Centerburg Village Council declined to place an electrical aggregation issue on the May special election ballot. Trebel LLC, represented by Scott Belcastro, has offered to act as broker and consultant on aggregation, and Belcastro answered questions from council, Mayor Diana Stockmaster and Village Solicitor Kyle Stroh.
The deadline for placing issues on the May ballot is Wednesday, and Stockmaster said the village’s leadership felt rushed by that time frame. Stroh said that placing the question on the ballot would amount to implied endorsement of aggregation by council, and suggested that residents be brought up to speed and have an opportunity to comment before a ballot issue is placed. The consensus was to defer action and continue discussions.
Trebel’s role would be to negotiate rate discounts on behalf of the village and village residents, and it would be paid by the electrical provider. Participation in the plan would be optional for residents, and Belcastro estimated that savings for a typical consumer could be as much as $200 a year. He offered to conduct educational seminars and mailings for residents at Trebel’s cost, but Stroh questioned whether it would be appropriate for a firm with a vested interest in the project to fulfill that role.
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