City Council takes quick action to allow for electricity aggregation

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City Hall

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon City Council had to work quickly to allow the city to participate in an electricity aggregation program at their regular meeting last week.

The city plans to partner with many other cities and go out to bid for electricity from power producers. The goal is to act as a group to get a cheaper power rate for residents. However, a deadline was rapidly approaching for O’Fallon to make a change to its Electricity Aggregation Program in order to participate in the bidding process.

The council elected to suspend their rules and read the ordinance amending the Electricity Aggregation Program twice, once on first reading and once on second reading. Alderman Drolet objected, voting against the motion to allow for a second reading and for the ordinance upon second reading.

In other business…

• The city council approved an ordinance related to zoning for Skyline Community Church. The church will be located at 870 Milburn School Road.

• Resident Vern Malare inquired about the status of the Presidential Streets Project. O’Fallon Director of Public Works, Jeff Taylor, said a letter was sent out to the residents and that he had met with them recently.

• Mike Smith, owner of Hemmingway’s Zen Garden, indicated he experiences flooding issues when a city pumping truck comes through behind his restaurant. He also inquired about why businesses don’t have an affordable recycling option. Residents have recycling included in their trash service, but businesses must pay more. Graham indicated the city would look into both issues.