Schram City Approves Residential Aggregation

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Members of the Schram City Village Board approved a three-year contract with MC Squared, a small supplier based in Chicago, for residential aggregation during their regular monthly meeting on Monday evening, April 19. 

Mike Mudge of Rock River Energy Services, Inc. was on hand to assist the board in making the best decision regarding rates for the local community. According to Mudge, all suppliers expect rates to increase. Trustee Kevin Tuetken asked if the village could opt out of the contract at any time, and Mudge advised that they can do so without fees.

The new three-year aggregation contract with MC Squared Energy Services will be at 4.99 cents.

As part of a grant update, President Albert Oberle advised that the village was not awarded the DCEO nor the Rebuild Illinois grants in which they applied for. The village will reapply for the DCEO grant, but will need the help of local residents to fill out surveys.

“One of the reasons that we did not get it–you saw that Witt, Butler and Coffeen got it–is that we were real weak on our health and safety aspect,” said Oberle.

The maps used in the first DCEO grant application may be used again; however, the village will rely on residents to fill out new surveys to help secure funds. Residents will not be asked to sign anything–only fill out income information. The funds will support Phase II and Phase III of the water replacement project.

The IEPA loan will fund Phase I, and the village will open bids at the hall for the work on Wednesday, April 28, at 1 p.m. In addition, the new truck, purchased with a USDA grant, has arrived, and Oberle will seek quotes on a bed replacement for the old truck.

With the Montgomery County Bicentennial event well underway, Oberle said he attended the kick-off event on April 10. The village will need to create a community birthday cake within the next few weeks, and will need to gather items to display at the big event on June 5. Residents who have old photos of the village should contact the village hall at 217-532-3449. Photos can be quickly scanned and returned to their rightful owners.

And while the village thought ongoing issues at the Munchler lift station were resolved in February, village workers recently had to pull the pump again and found another piece of PVC pipe stuck in the pump. Trustee Earl Eller questioned if CTI cut a hole in the sewer line while they were running plastic conduit. According to Oberle, they got into the sewer line that was opened although there was no house near that location. The village then plugged the line with concrete. 

Oberle advised that he requested a price for spare pumps from Flo Systems, who will offer them at over $28,000 for five. Oberle said he submitted specifications to Illinois Electric and is hopeful the village will get a better price.

In streets and alleys, Trustee Tuetken inquired about dumpster enclosures and whether businesses are responsible for having one. The new Hillsboro officer that will be assisting the village said Hillsboro has a zoning ordinance regarding that issue and will send it to Oberle for comparison. Tuetken also advised that some alleys need attention, and that water is not draining well on some streets. Oberle said village workers have been cleaning gutters, grates and culverts to help resolve that issue, and they have placed rock down some alleys.

In a few final notes, Oberle hopes to have a drawing of the Veterans Memorial for next month’s meeting. As warmer weather arrives, the board reminded residents to mow their properties. They also welcomed new trustee, Dalton King, who will take Trustee Sam Whitlow’s place.

The village will be hosting a clean-up week for residents only from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7. A dumpster will be available in the shed at the village hall from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The following items are prohibited including tires, batteries, paint, yard waste, large appliances (such as refrigerators or stoves), electronics (such as television or computers) and household garbage.

The next monthly meeting will be held on Monday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m. at the village hall. 

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