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|Salt, Pool Slide, Electricity on Galesburg City Council Agenda Tonight
|The high cost of pretty much everything will once again hit the city of Galesburg -- especially when it comes to road maintenance during adverse weather.
Part of what appears to be a light agenda, the Galesburg City Council tonight will vote to take part in the state's annual bid for rock salt. City officials say there will be a few changes this year if the city takes part in the bid; for one, the bid of $49.96 per ton is almost $10 per ton more than last year. And the city says for another, for the first time, the supplier -- again expected to be Cargill Salt Division -- won't be required to keep 130% of the requested amount on hand, instead, only 100%.
The City of Galesburg is poised to do something other municipalities have done to save money on their electric bills...essentially buy it somewhere else. The Galesburg City Council tonight is to vote on a proposal from city administration to enter into agreements to purchase electricity on the open market, instead of through Ameren IP. City officials say a no-cost study the city authorized in August determined that the city could save $100,000 a year in electricity costs in what they also admit is still a very volatile market.
Aldermen would essentially be okaying the city purchasing power on a daily basis -- since, the city says, energy providers will only guarantee a contract price for power on a day to day basis. The city says if power is purchased on the open market, Ameren IP would still transmit the electricity.
The Galesburg City Council turned down a purchase that was already paid for, and tonight they'll get a chance to change their minds. Aldermen tonight will vote again on $6,600 in emergency repairs made to the water slide at Lake Storey. The city says the repairs were needed in order to open the slide on time for the summer season. But aldermen essentially refused the bill from Mechanical Service Incorporated, after they say it lacked a detailed accounting of exactly what was done. Aldermen have since been provided that detail from MSI, and will vote on the spending tonight.
The City Council will also consider a $208,000 bid for the reconstruction of some six-hundred feet worth of roadway on McClure Street from Coulter Avenue north. The lone bid on the project was from Guenther Construction, and the city says what was supposed to be a pavement patching project turned into reconstruction due to conditions that had deteriorated more rapidly than first thought.
The Galesburg City Council tonight will also open the bids received on several dozen properties recently put up for sale, when they convene in open session starting at 7:30 inside council chambers at City Hall. Tonight's Galesburg City Council meeting begins with a closed session at 6:00pm for bargaining matters.
|09 15 08 by Newsroom
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