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County Board Tables Aggregation Power Of Attorney Decision

Southern Illinois Aggregation, a merged base of customers Select Energy Partners and Affordable Gas and Electric, is now representing the county and nearly all local municipalities in bidding for electricity (as well as most residents of Illinois south of I-70), requested a limited power of attorney for electrical aggregation to be able to act on behalf of Washington County.

The County board briefly considered the resolution during their regular meeting for November, held at the Washington County Courthouse on the evening of Tuesday, November 15.

Essentially, this would allow Southern Illinois Aggregation to make decisions on behalf of its base of customers quickly, without having to check back with each customer and wait for replies before being able to proceed.

This item had also not been added to the board’s agenda until relatively late, and had not been reviewed prior to the meeting by Washington County State’s Attorney Heath Hooks. It was also tabled to be revisited at the special meeting being held on Tuesday, November 22.

Other Items

The board approved of new insurance quotes that the county received. Ultimately, premiums will be $35,300 less than they were last year, with workers comp insurance going down, “thankfully,” said Finance and Insurance Committee Chair Gary Suedmeyer, but with commercial property insurance premiums going up.

Suedmeyer stated that the increase in commercial property insurance rates was due to claims that county made to deal with lightning strike-related damage.

The board also approved of the county’s mental health and co-op extension budget and levy.

The special meeting that will be held by the board on Tuesday, November 22, will handle the two tabled items from the regular meeting and will also cover: Contract agreements for the ambulance administrator, the animal control warden and the EMA-Safety and Zoning Administrator, an audit proposal from Gary Malawy and Krehbiel and Associates, and a number of county appointments, including people being appointed to the Locust creek Cemetery Board, the 911 Board, the County Board of Health, the planning commission and the drug task force.