Fisher residents to vote on electric aggregation

By CAROL THILMONY
Rantoul Press correspondent


FISHER — The Fisher Village Board Thursday voted to enter into an agreement with Integrys Energy Services to educate residents prior to the April 9 vote on electric aggregation.

If the ballot measure passes, Integrys becomes the village’s new electricity provider. Integrys will study rates and the village can determine at what time it wants to lock in a rate. The village will most likely enter a year’s contract with Integrys because new rates come out at the end of May.

No more heat, water for building. Also the board decided to shut the water off at the meter in the bus barn. The city took possession of the building back from the school district after it built a new transportation center.

This is the first year the city has paid winter gas bills for the boiler, and the board determined that the $500 monthly cost is too much. So the pipes for the restrooms and the heating system will be drained, and the building will no longer be heated.

Police cars are parked in the building, and an alternative way to heat a smaller portion of the building will be determined.

The public works committee will meet to discuss the heating as well as possibly tearing off a portion of the building because the space is not needed.

Call for mayor to resign. During public comment time Rudy Spaulding, former state commander of the AMVETS and a local member called on Mayor Milt Kelly to resign.

“You violated the village’s trust; you should resign,” Spaulding told Kelly.

Spaulding carried a copy of Roberts Rules of Order and told Kelly that he violated those rules every time as presiding officer of the board that he expressed his opinion on items like building the community center, creating a liquor ordinance and allowing video gaming machines in town.

Spaulding said according to the rules, Kelly should vacate the chair each time he expresses an opinion or should do so only during committee meetings when he is not presiding.

Kelly did not respond. He has made no secret of his opinions opposing alcohol consumption and gambling.
 

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