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By Mount Vernon News
June 4, 2013 11:30 am EDT

 

CENTERBURG — Utility issues were the main business items at Monday night’s Centerburg Village Council meeting. Preparatory work is complete for the village’s new wastewater treatment facility, and council authorized Village Administrator Phil Lohmeyer to begin the construction bid process. He will issue bid requests with a July 23 response deadline. Council will review bids during a special meeting on July 29, and groundbreaking is expected in early fall.

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Council authorized payment of $76,250 for nine easement purchases, with the understanding crop-damage reimbursements may increase the total to as much as $80,000.

Electricity aggregation has been discussed by council for several months. An ordinance to place aggregation on the November ballot, after being tabled in May, was again on the agenda. Solicitor Kyle Stroh was asked by Councilman Jerry Hess to explain his reservations. Stroh said there is no legal impediment, but advised that placing aggregation on the ballot would be perceived as an endorsement. He also questioned whether rates would be better than residents could receive by shopping suppliers. Chairman Dave Beck proposed that the matter be tabled indefinitely. The motion carried 5-to-1 with Ronda Seligman opposed.

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