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"It's old news, but there's nothing else wrong with it." Mark Twain SMALLTOWN PAPERS INC 217 WCOTA 12/31/15-C ) ~/i SHELTON WA 98584-2263 ( in By Mike Lakin The Mount Pulaski Zoning Board of Appeals met just before the regular City Council meeting October 23. The follow- ing members attended - Loren Holmes (President), George Washbond, Waneta Stephens, Tom Stephens, Dan Phillips, and Charles "Chic" Holmes. The Hearing was for rezoning a designated portion of the property at 1120 N. Topper Dr. (Vonderlieth Living Center) from R-1 (Residential) to B-1 (Business) for new pharmacy. The zoning change was being requested to construct a new building that will house a retail pharmacy and the doctor's office for Springfield Clinic. The new building will be located in the area where the existing gazebo and boulder is located. The Mount Pulaski Zoning Board of Appeals approved the requested change submitted by Vonderlieth Living Center. The approval was then submitted to the Mount Pulaski City Council. There was no public objection to the Zoning change. Coun- cilmember John Utterback asked about the_doctor's office; the Council was told that Vonderlieth Living Center has a lease with Springfield Clinic for the new doctor's office. The zoning change was approved by the City Council on the motion of Darrell Knauer and John Utterback. On the vote, Andrew Neaville, Matt Bobell, Darrell Knauer, and John Utterback voted yes. Joyce Maxheimer and Pete Howe voted no. Municipal and County Aggregation Section 1-92 of the Illinois Power Agency Act allows for the aggregation of electric load by municipalities and counties (i.e., government aggregation). This means a municipality or county can negotiate for the purchase of the combined electric supply of its residents and eligible small businesses. Communities are choosing to pursue aggregation because they may be able to help their residents and eligible small businesses save money by creating a combined customer group that has more buying power than individual residents and businesses. The City Council has heard from two businesses that pro- vide a service under Section 1-92 of the Illinois Power Agency Act to negotiate the purchase of electric supply for Mount Pulaski residents. At the October 23 meeting a third repre- sentative spoke to the council. Steve Smith handled the elec- tric negotiations the first time around for the county and local governments. At first residents were with an electric supplier that supplied electricity at a lower cost than Ameren Illinois. In fact, residents in Logan County had the lowest electric rate in Illinois - as negotiated by Mr. Smith. Residents were then switched back to Ameren Illinois due to Ameren's lowered electric supply rate about a year ago. Currently most residents are now with Ameren Illinois. Cont'd on Page 7 ~" 217-303-6159 Mt. Pulaski Public Works Director Matt Presswood and City Consulting Engineer Greg Gustafson - two happy gentlemen. That big blue tank was removed from the square signify- ing the end of the Mt. Pulaski Water Tower project; completed 25-days ahead of schedule. Times photo Mount Pulaski Courthouse Starts to See Progress In collaboration with IHPA and CDB, Illinois passes a budget that includes Capital Courthouse is moving forward with renova- Development Board funding, then it is pos- tion plans, sible that some funds may become available Mount Pulaski Courthouse Foundation in to help the Foundation withthis project. cooperation with the Illinois Historic Pres- The Foundation wishes to thank all those ervation Agency and the Capital Develop- in the community and from around the world ment Board are moving forward with a proj- who have supported them so generously ect on the Mount Pulaski Courthouse which these past four years. While much work has has been in mediation for the past eighteen been done to maintain the Courthouse over months, the past few years, this project is one the The project will consist of replacing the sev- Foundation has deemed critical in complet- enty-five year old roof, repairing the damaged ing to make sure the Courthouse is standing roof support structure within the attic of the strong for many years to come. building, and shoring up the entire support Please visit the Foundation's website and system at the same time. It will also include Facebook page for updates and more informa- an updated ventilation system for the attic tion about renovation, volunteering, events, and work on the upper fascia of the building, and making donations. Thank you. The Courthouse Foundation has agre to Sincerely, fund the entire project that is schedulec to The Courthouse Foundation begin in early 2016 and take up to 120 days P.O. Box 171 to complete. During certain times the Court- Mount Pulaski, I1 62548 house or portions of the Courthouse may 217.792.3919 have to be closed temporarily, https://www.facebook.com/MountPulas- This project originally had initial approval kiCourthouseFoundation for funding by the IHPA, but due to the State mountpulaskihistoriccourthouse@gmail. of Illinois budget crisis, funding by the state com has been put on indefinite hold. If the State of mountpulaskihistoriccourthouse.org mtpulaskitimes@gmail.com Published Twice A Month 24 Issues A Year e If the above mailing label is dated you can renew your printed subscription for$ December 31, 2015 For First Class Mail subscription by December 31, 2015 For Digital subscription December 31, 2015 November 5, 2015 Sl