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F Manning - Wood River Plans Battle On Utilities Service...
Wood River Plans Battle On Utilities Service Clttb* Launch Crusade at City Council Meeting Ask Hartford tfate Talk of Building Power Plant Owned By Community Faced with the alternatives of petitioning th« Illinois Commerce commission, of conferring with Illinois Light & Power Co. officials, or of constructing a municipal power plant, the Wood River city council Monday night referred to the light committee the matter of securing lower power ana gas rates. The effort for the reduction in rates was instigated on this latest occasion by the Lions Club, which, with other service clubs, both men's and women'* of the city, tent delegations before the council list night. The object of the service clubs as explained to the council was power rates to match those in Hartford- nine cents a kilowatt hour for the first 27 kilowatt hours and three cents for all over that amount, as compared to wood River's nine cents for the first 30, seven for the next 30, and four cents for all over 60. Discussion of methods for bringing about the reduction was participated in by the delegates present as well as by aldermen and city officers. The eventual result of the discussion was a tentative plan for the organization of a joint committee, headed by the city council's light committee, which must act officially for the city, and composed of delegates from the other organizations. Attorney L. H. Holland, who has had experience with municipal government finance problems, summarized the details of the discussion into a plan, whereby members of the joint committee representing the service clubs would help in financing whatever action the group might take while the city council committee and Ctty Attorney Manning represented the city officially. N$ed Survey. With this tentative plan In mind the council adopted a motion to refer the matter to the light com- mlttee with power to act. This action was substituted for a previous resolution instructing the city attorney to file a petition with the Illinois Commerce Commission Immediately. Dr. 6. H. Allen, representing the Lions Club, and S. O. Keller from the same organization led the die cusslon on the subject. Alderman Walter Scott thanked the'organizations for their coopera tlon, but advised them he believed they would find it a little mor difficult than they believed to ob tain any results from such a peU tlon. He advised the retaining of an engineer to make a survey and pre pare plans for a municipal powe plant, either seriously or as a leve to pull the power company into action. City cent Railroad the of with x> upturn ness New and Chemical, in domestic 8 . Attorney Manning then backed up what Scott said, further describing the expensive and detailed action and evidence-gathering which would be necessary for success before the commerce commission. "If we are going to fight the case there, we'll need some ammunition," he said, referring to evidence as to the valuation of the power company's property and other details Involved in the determination of rates. He pointed out that It would be necessary to retain an engineer and an accountant to gather and compile this evidence if it was Intended to stand up before the scrutiny ot the commission, and the other evidence offered by the company. Cite Water Plant. Manning also suggested that city officials-might obtain a reduction in rates by conferring with officials of the power company. During the discussion on the possibility of erecting a municipal power plant, the council and club representatives had it called to their attention that the quarterly report of the municipal, water plant commission showed $4605.77 in bonds and interest on the plant had been paid off In the three months, and that a balance of more than $6000 still remained. The council referred to the board of local improvement* a petition for the paving of sidewalks on Acton avenue between Ninth street and Central avenue. Repairing of the city hall furnace for the winter was referred to the building committee. The superintendent of streets was instructed to have weeds around fire hydrants and on other public property cut. Purchase of a bond cancelling machine for the city treasurer was referred to the purchasing committee. E. of of f

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  1. Alton Evening Telegraph,
  2. 04 Aug 1931, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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