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Cmnpetitive Electrical Rates to be nn March Ballot By Mike Lakin The company representative that While the Mt. Pulaski City Court- attended the meeting cautioned that cil hasn't formally voted to place not all residents could save by switch- the question of allowing Blue Star ing from AMEREN. Some resi- Energy to market a competitive dents may find that remaining with electric rate plan to local residents, AMEREN is the most cost effective the council looks to vote to place the choice. When your editor filled out measure on the March ballot at the the survey on the Blue Star Energy next meeting, website I found out that AMEREN Blue Star Energy has been mar- was the most cost effective energy keting residential electrical rates in provider for me. Blue Star Energy did Aurora and BelleviUe. They are also not offer me any savings, at this time. The referendum on the March working to market in Logan County. ballot asks residents for permission to After the March election, if a majority of residents approve the shop for cheaper rates for electricity Blue Star Energy idea, the company on their behalf. The Blue Star Energy will contact residents to see if they consultant will help with the refer- can save them money on residential endum process and would assist in energy bills. By changing over from shopping for the cheaper rates if the AMEREN to Blue Star residents referendum is approved. could see a savings of $100 annually In checking for independent ratings, on their electric bills. That's been the I found positive feedback from the average savings. Some residents in Sierra Club regarding Blue Star. As northern Illinois have saved as much for complaints by consumers against as 25 to 30 percent on their electric Blue Star, I did not fmd anything sig- bills. But that is in comparison with nificant. The major complaint is that Commonwealth Edison. Blue Star does not offer customers a budget plan to average out electrical For more information, you can go to bluestar energy.com. The site is bills over a 12-monthperiod. loaded with material. Demolition Moved Along Without a IFdch By Mike Lakin Public Works Director Mike Patridge said the city could breath easy on the issue of asbestos during the demolition on the square. The only asbes- tos found was in a 9x20 sheet of linoleum. The linoleum was separated from other debris and properly disposed of. The EPA was notified of the fmding and demo- lition was not interrupted. A lot of hand- work demoli- tion took place between the "Red Door" and the Teike build- ing (photo-right). The extent of wall repair to the Teike building will be known once all demolition is com- pleted. The city will pay for any work on the wall of the Teike build- ing. Mike said there was problem. Mike noted no problem for sur- that Don Maxheimer rounding businesses, retrieved 99% of what Mike added he was he had stored in Deron very pleased with the Powell's basement; work of the demolition about 27 lawn tractors company, and mower beds along Personal property with a lot of miscella- was removed from the neous items. buildings without any Times Photo We have room for but one language here, and that is the English lan- guage.., and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people. ~ Theodore Roosevelt 1907 Do You Know Who You Can Trust? It's a hard choice in today's financial marketplace. With so many banks and other financial companies trying to get your business, it's hard to know who really has your best interest at heart. What's the solution? Bank, we're and work. Committed to remaining focused on the Placing your trust in A Real Community Bank solves that problem. Because only banks qualified to display this banking seal of approval are dedicated to hometown values and hometown commitment. As A Real Community committed to the community where we live making all our decisions locally and needs of our customers and community. Come visit and tell us how we can serve you. 130 S. Washington St. - Mt Pulaski m )FARMERS em BA NK or t 18='2 www.farm-bank.com Dec. 3, 2011 Nit. Pulaski Times 3