CRETE | Village officials are happy their participation in an electricity aggregation group gave Crete residents a significantly lower electricity rate.
At the May 12 meeting, trustees received a letter informing them Commonwealth Edison set its rate for the summer at 7.59 cents per kilowatt hour.
But Crete is part of the Will County Governmental League Electrical Aggregation Group, which consists of 15 municipalities that pool their electricity customers together and negotiate a group rate.
For this summer, members of that group — including Crete residents — will pay a rate of 4.83 cents per kilowatt hour.
Village Clerk Deborah Bachert said she thought trustees would like to see the comparison. Village President Michael Einhorn said he was pleased municipal government supported the concept when it first came up three years ago.
“That was the biggest 'no-brainer' vote to come across this table,” Einhorn said. “Our residents didn’t have to do anything, except vote, in order to get the savings.”
The aggregation deal expires in October. Einhorn said he expects Crete officials to vote to renew it later this summer, along with other communities in the Will County group.
Those communities include Beecher, Bolingbrook, Braidwood, Channahon, Coal City, Elwood, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Peotone, Plainfield, Romeoville, Shorewood and Woodridge in Will County, along with Lemont in southwestern Cook County.
In other business, trustees discussed the possibility of spending village funds for trees to be planted in residential areas, along with repairs to sidewalks. No action was taken on either issue, as Einhorn said he wants further study.
For trees, Einhorn said he’d want to see a variety of trees with potential for growth. For sidewalks, Einhorn said there could be up to $25,000 in municipal funds this year for repairs. Village officials have not spent any money on such repairs for about six years, said Public Works Superintendent Phil Hameister.
Einhorn also informed the Village Board the Federal Railroad Administration on April 28 received an application to develop "quiet zones" where Union Pacific Railroad tracks intersect with Exchange Street and Crete-Monee Road.
He said federal officials have given him no response, nor any indication when a response would be forthcoming.