The Oblong Village Board eased into the new year by approving a new electrical agreement and getting updates on several village issues.
The board approved an ordinance amending the terms of an electrical franchise with Ameren Illinois. The franchise changes reflect the recent changes brought about by electrical aggregation.
In a related matter, opt-out letters for electrical aggregation are going out in the mail. Residents who do not wish to opt-out do not need to respond to the letters. Those who have not received letters may not be an aggregation customer, use more than the 15,000 kwh limit, or have just not received their letter. Those who be believe they should receive a letter should wait two weeks, then contact the village for more information.
Mayor Randy Rich said they are still reviewing a radio-frequency ban in the village. The ban has been considered as a way to protect the new downtown public-address system, which operates wirelessly. It is uncertain whether the village has the authority to regulate radio frequencies locally, since the Federal Communications Commission does so at the national level.
The Oblong Police Department received a Mary Heath grant recently to buy an additional AED unit for the second squad car, and mobile radar unit to post speed near the school and elsewhere in the village.
Chief Chad Pusey also presented the board with his department's annual activity report. In 2012, the Oblong Police issued 195 traffic citations, 13 ordinance citations, had 84 misdemeanors reported 10 warrant arrests, 51 felonies reported, 28 traffic accidents, 1,121 calls for service, and 130 calls for assistance from other agencies. The village collected $15,816.01 in fines.
Trustee Rick Houdasheldt commended village employees on their snow removal efforts following the recent storms, wanted to thank the individuals who clear the downtown area sidewalks. "It was really appreciated," he said.
The village does not have any designated snow routes, but is asking residents not to park along streets preceding forecasted snow storms.