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1/5/2007 1:01:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Oblong trustees will deal with power rate issue

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The Oblong Village Board made short work of the village's business Wednesday night, hearing reports by the mayor and various committees.

Mayor Randy Rich reported that area Mediacom customers may be losing a channel soon.

According to Rich, the Champaign ABC affiliate, WICD, is requesting more money for its broadcasts and is still in discussions with Mediacom. The station is broadcast on Channel 11 locally, and according to the letter from Mediacom they do not expect the interruption to last more than a few days.

Rich also informed the board about another letter received from AmerenCIPS about the cost of electricity now that the rate freeze has expired. The letter outlined several ways the village could save money and recommend trustees review their annual budget in anticipation of the increase.

Finance committee chairman Rick Catt said the committee would be meeting soon to discuss the issue.

Oblong Police Chief Chad Pusey submitted his annual report to the police committee before the meeting and asked the committee for permission to purchase new equipment with newly received grant money. Pusey's report showed that both citations and calls for service were down in 2006, but arrests were up.

Police committee chairman Rick Houdasheldt asked the board's approval in purchasing a Tazercam for the Tazer carried by Oblong police officers. The camera, which records both audio and video, would attach to the Tazer and record the events surrounding its use. The camera costs around $499 and will be paid for from the Wal-Mart Community Assistance grant received last month.

In other business, the board held over discussion of a new manufactured-housing ordinance until next month and approved the annual investment policy.

Three Oblong board member seats will be on the ballot this spring, as seats held by Bonnie Finn, Sherry Catt and Debbie Wilson are all up for re-election. Neither Finn nor Catt has expressed an interest in running for re-election at this time. Petitions are available from the village clerk.

The village will also be picking up live Christmas trees this week. If you have a tree to be picked up call the public works office at 592-3122.

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