County board to seek electric aggregation bids
URBANA -- Champaign County Board members voted Thursday to seek new bids next month under the the county's electrical aggregation contract.
The county's sustainability coordinator said earlier this month that per kilowatt electricity prices are projected to be unusually low in September and that the new bids could result in substantial savings for the approximately 8,600 residential and small commercial customers in unincorporated Champaign County who have contracted for aggregated power.
The resolution was approved by a voice vote.
Also Thursday the board 19-3 voted to deny a rezoning for a controversial proposed airstrip on private property in southern Champaign County. The owner of the land, now zoned for conservation use, sought to have it zoned for agricultural use to permit a residential landing strip.
Only Democrats James Quisenberry and Ralph Langenheim and Republican Max Mitchell voted to allow the rezoning.
Dr. Philip W. Jones and Sarabeth Jones had sought the change to alllow a restricted landing area for airplanes and helicopters at the location near Illinois 130, just north of Villa Grove. But a number of adjacent property owners spoke out against the request, many citing safety concerns.
Meanwhile, some board members voiced displeasure with recent media reports about quality of care issues at the county nursing home.
"We are very focused on quality of care issues at the facility," nursing home manager Scott Gima told the board, adding that he would begin including a summary of quality of care measures in his quarterly reports to the county board.
And board members avoided a potential controversy by deferring a vote until later this year on a plan to spend approximately $180,000 on masonry repairs to the county courthouse. Both the original 1901 courthouse building and the 12-year-old addition need repairs. Board members said the work couldn't be done in the current fiscal year anyway.
All 22 board members were present at Thursday's meeting.