GEORGETOWN — City council members entered into a three-year agreement with energy supplier Integrys Energy Services to provide electricity to city-owned properties on Monday, a move which may save the city as much as $20,000 a year.
Alderman Darin Readnour said Integrys is estimating that it can lower the rate the city pays for electricity from its current rate of about seven cents per kilowatt hour to about four-and-a-half cents per kilowatt hour. That could save the city up to $20,000 a year.
Readnour said the city pays for the electricity for the streetlights and for city-owned buildings like city hall, the library and senior center, the wastewater treatment plant and the park buildings.
Mayor Dennis Lucas said the city needs to take opportunities like this to reduce spending.
The council approved the appointments of a new alderman and a new city treasurer.
Cathy Jenkins resigned as alderwoman of Ward I effective Dec. 3 because she was elected to the Vermilion County Board in November.
"I will continue to work for the Georgetown community," she wrote in her letter of resignation, "Just at a different level."
Sherry Serd resigned as city treasurer, a position she has held on-and-off for 11 years, effective Nov. 30.
Gerald McPhillips was appointed as Ward I alderman, and Angela Schreiber was appointed as city treasurer. Both terms will expire in April, and both said they plan to seek re-election at that time.
McPhillips, the pastor at Bethyl Baptist Church in Georgetown, said he moved to the area six years ago, and had not held public office since being elected senior class president in high school. McPhillips said he has been considering getting involved in the community for a while, and plans to spend the next few months listening, learning and helping where he can.
Schreiber said she has kept financial books for a few companies, and wants to use her experience to help the community. She sees these first few months on the job as an investment toward what she hopes will be a long term of service on the council.