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Patoka Village Board Approves AGE Electric Aggregation Agreement

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

The residents of Patoka will get to vote on electric aggregation on the April ninth ballot.  Bob Wilt with Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE) of Mount Vernon addressed the Patoka Village Board Monday evening about the plan.  The village board passed a resolution approving the municipal aggregation consulting services agreement with AGE.  

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.  

The Board also approved an ordinance authorizing the submission of a public question to adopt an “opt-out” program for the supply of electricity to residents and small commercial retail customers.

In other Board action, the Board approved authorizing the sale of real estate by sealed bid.  The sale includes a nine-acre tract of land.  Advertising will start soon and bids will be opened at the March 11th, 2013 regular board meeting.

The Board reported that Dr. Sprague's All Pets Animal Hospital in Centralia will be holding its annual spay/neuter discounts from now until February 28th, 2013. Discount rates will also be offered for micro-chipping and vaccinations.  Dr. Sprague's Clinic will be in Patoka during the month of May with several discounts at that time as well.  Pet owners can call 532-4841 for an appointment.

The village will be holding a fundraiser for the Patoka Cemetery Fund on Sunday, April 7 at the Patoka Civic Center.  Country Rhodes will provide the meal, with a quilt raffle and silent auction to follow.  All proceeds will go to the cemetery fund, which will be used to cover cemetery maintenance costs.  

The Village Hall will be open on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day.  The Patoka Library will be closed on Monday, January 21st in observance of Martin Luther King Day.  

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