Consultant/broker Good Energy, LP received unanimous support from the city council Tuesday night for the electrical aggregation program.
The city council approved an agreement with a 10-0 vote for Good Energy, LP of New York to seek bids from the various electric wholesale suppliers.
Aldermen Rickey Williams Jr., Kevin Davis, Lois Cooper and Jon Cooper were absent.
This will happen if the referendum passes in the city on April 9. Danville’s electrical rate would be bid with a group of other communities represented by Good Energy.
There is no city funding needed for the agreement.
Good Energy’s fee of not more than .00075 per kilowatt hour will be added to the bid rate the city approves.
An aggregation program gives the city the authority to enter into an electric supply power contract on behalf of residents and small businesses in the city that have not opted out of the program with the intent to secure a lower rate for electric service.
Vaughn Alcorn, a sales representative with Global Energy Services of Ohio, asked for the vote to be postponed to allow Global the chance to submit a bid.
Alcorn said he and Brad Smith, operations director, are “hometown guys.”
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said he talked to Smith, but understood Global to be a supplier, not a consultant. This is the first time he’s hearing Global is a consultant, he added.
Eisenhauer interviewed Good Energy and Schultz and Schultz of Peoria of the six different consultants which sent the city information regarding the electrical aggregation program.
“I’m a stickler for due process,” said Ward 7 Alderman Bill Black.
He said it was no secret the city was moving in this direction and any company could have spoken with city officials.
“Expeditiously I think we need to move forward,” Black said.
It was noted that Good Energy representative Jerod McMorris is from the community and his father still lives in Danville.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, resident Jan Ostiguy, who is running for city council in the April election, asked for a meeting to occur between city officials and members of the First United Methodist Church, 1400 N. Vermilion St.
She said the eight-year saga with the parking lot and detention area/storm water management still needs a solution.
Ostiguy said the church asphalted its chip and tar parking lot as told by the city, but a drainage issue occurred and now there is a large hole with about 4 feet of water in it in the parking lot. She said safety is a concern.
The city has been trying to assist by putting in drains.
In other business, the city council approved:
- Amending the city’s wage administration chart to set salary ranges for advertised positions — assistant city engineer/Danville Area Transportation Study director and program compliance coordinator.
The city is down an engineer and the non-union program compliance coordinator position takes the place of the former solid waste lead worker position.
The salary range set for assistant city engineer/DATS director is $70,000 to $90,000, while the salary range set for program compliance coordinator is $48,000 to $52,800.
Eisenhauer said the salary was set higher for the assistant city engineer position to attract more qualified candidates.
The position of GIS specialist also was added to the wage chart with a salary of $48,000 to $53,000.
Adam Aull, who has been DATS director, will oversee geographic information system computerized mapping full-time under Eisenhauer’s proposed re-organization.
The position of public works information technology manager also is eliminated.
- Amending the zoning ordinance and map to approve a rezoning petition for the Dixie Pit Stop gas station, formerly Bob’s Marathon, at Williams and Vermilion streets.
The zoning of the property at 445 N. Vermilion St. is changed from B4 central business zoning to B3 general business for minor automotive repairs to again occur there.
- Amending the zoning ordinance to make changes to the signage regulations including allowing animated signs in the B4 central business zoning district.
- Using $450,000 in motor fuel tax funds for proposed improvements to Maple, Pries and parts of May streets. The project is associated with the additional truck traffic at the Watchfire and Automation International facilities.
- A $15,000 contract with Donald Archer of Oakwood to act as a professional land acquisition specialist to acquire right-of-way and easements for the Bowman Avenue project. The next phase focuses on the section from Crestview to Winter Avenue.
- Using $260,000 in MFT funds as the city’s share of the proposed shared-use path along Fairchild and Jackson streets to connect the Fairchild overpass and Lincoln Park shared-use paths.
- A $10,519 contract with Knight and Associates Surveying of Paris to perform surveying work for the proposed Danville High School shared-use path.
- The sale of surplus property, being a 1992 Gillig Phantom bus, for the scrap value price of not less than $2,000. The city will offer the spare parts for the bus to other Illinois transit providers and sell them for the highest bid.
- Disposal of equipment and vehicles for sale or scrap. The equipment includes a 1998 International Harvester Vactor truck, 1992 grader, 1981 John Deere end loader, 2005 windrow turner and 2003 transporter/winch sewer televising equipment. They will be advertised on eBay and/or trade equipment magazines.
- Purchasing an emergency diesel generator for the public works facility on Voorhees Street. The sole bid was submitted by Cummins Crosspoint, LLC of Normal for $79,180.
- A $77,473 contract with Advanced Wayne Cain & Sons Roofing of Urbana for a new roof at Harrison Park Clubhouse.