W.F. City Council to meet on electric aggregation


The West Frankfort City Council will meet at City Hall at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The meeting is a continuation of Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Mayor Tom Jordan asked commissioners to continue the meeting until Thursday, because he was participating in a conference call on Wednesday regarding electric aggregation.

At today’s meeting, Jordan is expected to report on the call and ask for council action on choosing an electricity supplier.

West Frankfort voters approved electric aggregation in November. The process allows the city to buy electricity for residents on the competitive energy market. (If you still have questions about electric aggregation, check out our Q&A on the subject here: How electric aggregation really works.)

After an energy supplier is selected, residents will be notified of the new supplier and rate, and will be given time to “opt out” of the program and stay with Ameren if they desire.

W.F. Chamber of Commerce to meet


The first West Frankfort Chamber of Commerce meeting of 2013 will be held Wednesday at noon. The meeting will be at Triple E Steakhouse in the shopping plaza.

Jessica Rude will be installed as the new President of the Chamber. Other officers will also be sworn in at this same meeting. The retiring officers will be recognized for their service.

Business items on the agenda include the past year’s finances, and final plans for the Annual Dinner planned for Jan. 17.

Tickets remain for that annual dinner and are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 101 Nolen Street in West Frankfort. The office is located in the Public Health and Safety Building.

Cost of the tickets are $30 per person. The annual banquet will be held in the Patton Banquet Room at the park’s Aquatics Center.

West Frankfort City Council to discuss ramp at memorial


A ramp to make the Veterans Memorial more accessible to the disabled is among the items up for discussion at the next West Frankfort City Council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at City Hall.

Commissioners will discuss a bid to install the ramp and consider action on it.

This meeting — the last regular meeting of the year — is being held on Thursday because the regular day for the meeting would have been Christmas Day.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Consideration of a resolution allowing the mayor to sign a contract buying power under the electric aggregation contract, rather than requiring action of the council to enter into the agreement. Other area cities have approved similar resolutions so that when bids are received, action can be taken quickly. (Still confused about electric aggregation? Check out this link: How electric aggregation really works)
  • Consideration of a request from Ameren to allow an easement on the Redbird Tank Property.
  • Possible approval of a liquor license for Schmutz Family Holdings, the new owners of Tom’s Mad Pricer supermarket.


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