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.
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 email@example.com.