VILLA GROVE — The city council has approved the renewal of its Ameren Energy Management contract for a one-year term.
Ameren offered the city a price of 0.042 per kilowatt, a slight increase from the 0.041 that is currently paid. Ameren reported an annual potential savings to the city of $24,000, depending on final energy consumption.
"It would be great if we could get (this rate) for the whole town," said Alderman Terry Harbin. He encouraged the board to seek a citywide referendum to extend the rate to the whole town, while allowing residents the opportunity to opt out of the agreement if they preferred.
In other business, the council is pursuing more stringent guidelines for its mobile home ordinance.
Adrian Ledbetter presented the council with a copy of the federal baseline regulations developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He suggested the city use these guidelines as a base and then build on them with restrictive covenants.
The council agreed to pass the HUD guidelines along to their city attorney for review.
"We just want to make sure we have decent trailers coming in," Mayor Thelma "Boots" Blaney said.