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City of Kinmundy to Possibly Vote on Electric Aggregation in April Election

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The residents of Kinmundy may get to vote on electric aggregation on the April ninth ballot.  Bob Wilt with Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE) of Mount Vernon addressed the Kinmundy City Council Thursday evening about the plan.  Wilt says in order for the referendum to be on the ballot in April, the Council has to approve it to be on the ballot as well as an agreement allowing AGE to be the city's consultant.  The city clerk has to turn in all required paperwork for it to be on the ballot by January 22nd.  The Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30 p.m. to approve it.  

If the city approves for it to be on the ballot, AGE will be the city's consultant and will pay all costs to education the public about electric aggregation.  If the vote is successful, AGE will receive their payment through the successful bidder for electric service.   Contracts would be for 24-months; however citizens will have the option to opt out of the program.  While only Ameren electric customers will be able to benefit from lower electric rates, those who are on the Tri-County Electric System will still be able to vote.  

In Board action, the Board approved a revised version of the part-time police officer ordinance which addresses restricted hours.  The Board approved a $200 budget for the purchase of Christmas lights next year.  The money will be taken out of the park fund.  The Board approved the bills and minutes from last month's meeting.  

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