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home : news : local   May 29, 2016

7/1/2013 11:27:00 PM
Oglesby: City light bills went down despite rate hike

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

Monday, Oglesby commissioner Dom Rivara reported that the rate increase has been on the books six months yet the city effectively lowered the out-of-pocket costs for residents by buying power more cheaply and passing the savings on to retail customers.

“The rate increase is doing exactly what it was supposed to: Stabilizing the fund and putting money toward the future,” he said.

Separately, the board voted 4-0 (commissioner Dennis Yborra was absent) to allocate up to $150,000 in motor fuel tax receipts for the overlay of streets to be named later. The resolution sets aside not less than $120,000 for street repairs this year while setting aside for reserves for work on Walnut Street in 2014.

Also, Oglesby police officers will get a kind of wellness program through an extension of the police contract. The council placed on file a one-year extension that reimburses in full the YMCA membership fee to any officer who takes an annual fitness test.

Finally, construction of Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will begin in earnest after the Independence Day holiday. Mayor Don Finley reported that the site supervisor is making preparations to begin excavating next week after the holiday.

Other matters:

n The city is looking for a new member of the police and fire board. Doug Kramarsic, now an assistant La Salle County public defender, resigned citing conflicts.

n Finley pronounced the Oglesby Summer Fun Fest “a huge success” and said final numbers would be available in the next few weeks

n The council granted a tag day request to the L-P High Choral Department on Aug. 3 to raise funds for a trip to New York’s Carnegie Hall

n Garbage and recycling scheduled for Thursday pickup will be collected Friday, July 5 due to the holiday

 Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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