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Tiskilwa approves electric aggregation plan

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Village Board approved three ordinances Tuesday night during a brief 35-minute meeting.

An ordinance approving an electric aggregation plan was passed after two public hearings were held on Jan. 3 and prior to Tuesday night’s meeting, where no resident of Tiskilwa attended either session.

Shawn Ajazi of Progressive Energy Group with offices in Aurora/Yorkville had told village board members in December the public hearings must be held prior to signing the final contract with the electric supplier. Bids will be solicited from suppliers for periods of two to three years in length.

Ajazi said the residential and small commercial aggregation program for Tiskilwa only deals with users of less than 15,000 kilowatt hours in a year. He said users that qualify for the program will receive opt-out notices in February that they must return within 15 days of receiving them, or they would be entered into the program, which he estimated would save about $150 a year per household over than the village’s current supplier, which is Ameren.

Another ordinance was approved by board members to amend the village’s code against gambling in town to allow gambling machines approved by the Illinois Gaming Board to be placed in the village’s two taverns.

The final ordinance was approved placing a referendum on the April ballot to continue the flood control tax for another seven years. Mayor Randy Philhower said the tax raises monies to take care of the dams and levy that were put in town in 1961. The continuance of this tax must be voted on by village residents every seven years.

An estimate of $2,900 from John Sims of TLC Tree and Lawn Service of Tiskilwa was approved to clear trees and brush going up a hill from Public Street and to run power lines and poles in the area cleared for the electric company to run electricity to power the village’s water plant transducer.

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