CHARLESTON -- A company will seek bids for natural gas and electricity for Coles County buildings following county board approval for a new contract Tuesday.

Before hearing about a hour's worth of comments from the public on a variety of issues, the board voted to renew a contract with the Good Energy company to handle the bids with what's called an energy "aggregation" program.

Because of the length of time spent on public comments, they couldn't be included in this report by press time. A report on the comments is available at jg-tc.com and will also be in Thursday's print edition.

There were few changes in the county's previous agreement with the Good Energy company. Most notably, it added natural gas purchases to the electricity procurement.

The aggregation agreement is supposed to result in lower utility costs and was first put in place three years ago.

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The plan is designed to save on utility costs by allowing several customers, in this case various units of local government, to seek bids together.

The bidding process set for later this month will seek bids on the utilities for the cities of Charleston, Arcola and Paris, as well as Coles County.

In other votes Tuesday, the board:

  • Awarded a contract to Depew & Owen Builders Inc. of Centralia for just less than $300,000 to replace a bridge just east of Illinois Route 49 in Ashmore Township.
  • Approved an application for a grant from the Illinois Voter Registration System for the County Clerk's Office to receive about $27,000 for voter registration and other voting expenses.
  • Amended the county food sanitation ordinance to match state changes to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements. The changes involve the scoring system used for food vendor inspections.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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