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5 By Mike Lakin The Council hearda presentation When I walked into City Hall for from Stone River group concern- the evening meeting, there were ing purchasing electricity at a lower enough suits up front that for a rate for residents. This is the second while there I thought I was in the presentation made to the Council. men's department at Sears - if you The presentation pointed out that can find the men's department in it's important to look at the vola- Sears anymore. For that matter, if tility of the electric market not just you can find a Sears anymore. The the rates that are involved. It was gentlemen were here for presenta- learned that coal plant closures are tions on the enterprise zone appli- forcing electric rates up, The Coun- cil was advised that to ease volatility cation and electric rate bids for Mt. it is necessary to look at long-range Pulaski residents. City Treas. Jim Sutton reported contracts. that income to the city between Located in Lincoln, Stone River September 9 and September 22group has a vice president that will totaled $117,214.16. A majority be familiar to most people in the of this figure was from real estate area-Adam Schmidt. taxes $53,164.02 and the city TIF The Coundl was told that the number of suppliers of electricity is district provided real estate taxes of $21,951. The city's share of the down. And that it is necessary that State of Illinois income tax totaled a community use proven suppli- $16,448.19. And the city's share of ers for bidding. If the Council was sales tax totaled $10,153.69. to go with Stone River Group, city The city was given a reviewby residents could find lower electrical Steve McClure of the enterprise rates in October - November during zone application that Mount Pulaski that period's bidding for residential will be a part of for the first time. electric rates. It was noted that the McClure 'said that the application current rate of 6.156 cents could go was being completed and this will be higher with Ameren. City Council an important addition to the city if it expects to vote in October on what comes to be approved; because you company to go with on behalf of can now combine a TIF district and local residents. enterprise zone for additional busi- Consulting Engineer Greg Gus- ness benefits. In order to participate tafson updated the Council on the in the application, the city will need water tower project. As of the eve- to pass an ordinance and intergov- ning of the city Council meeting emmental agreement at the October the interior of the water tower was meeting. McClure said that there near completion and a final interior are eight-governments involved in inspection was to be scheduled. this enterprise zone application. Gustafson said the exterior blast- It was learned that there are 30 ing was done and power washing applications for 12 enterprise zones, would be completed so that paint McClure said this is a very competi- touch ups could be done. After these tive process. If the state allows this touchups, an overall primer will be enterprise zone, Inland Tool and sprayed on the tower and an inter- The Andersons will be part of the mediate coat will be applied. Once enterprise zone. It was noted that if that has been completed there will be a finish coat of paint. the state grants this enterprise zone it could be easily expanded. The life- Gustafson said that the exte- rior painting would require cover- time of this enterprise zone is 10 to 15 years, ing awnings, the gazebo, and some St. John's Lutheran Church Church That Could" 10:00AM Services Sunday Services W. Cooke SL ME Pulaski 792-5502 other structures to protect from drifting paint. He said that the actual painting of the tower, to avoid prob- lems, would depend on the wind. Due to what was called "wind drift" the painting of the water tower may be shut down at times. If you think about it, might be a good idea to take an altemate route to avoid the water tower corner.., just saying. One of the things that came up during an inspection is replacement of a 25-foot ladder that was origi- nally installed in the tower when it was built. Gustafson said that the ladder was actually rusty and he hesitated to have it returned to a very clean area inside the tower. He said a new 25-foot ladder could be installed for under $1000. After a short discussion, the Council voiced their approval. Gustafson is very impressed with the work that has been done on the inside of the water tower; he called the appearance to be almost pris- tine. The water tower project could - that's could - be finished the week of October 5. Cont'd on Page 7 w" See... 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