Allowing McHenry County government and municipalities to seek referendum approval to purchase electricity for homes and businesses makes sense.
Especially since Jack Franks, Mike Tryon and Pam Althoff voted to raise electric rates. (Dan Duffy voted, “No.”)
Something similar is being proposed for three unincorporated subdivisions at tomorrow’s meeting:
- Covered Bridge Trails north of Crystal Lake
- the Crystal Lake Manor east of the Vulcan Gravel Pits
- Fox Lake Vista near Fox Lake
No referendum will be held.
No mention of whether the subdivision residents want such service imposed upon them.
Maybe they do.
The resolution says residents in affected areas have been notified and meetings have been held, but no still referendum has been held as will be the case with electric aggregation.
State law doesn’t require referendums. It defers to the judgment of the County Board members.
That’s what I found about 11/12 down tomorrow’s County Board packet.
Here’s the rationale:
“…certain areas have been identified in unincorporated McHenry county that because of the density of homes and mature tree cover would benefit from a comprehensive solid waste collection program
“…the designation of an exclusive contractor for waste disposal services should
- reduce overall waste disposal cost,
- improve recycling rates,
- improve air quality,
- reduce wear and tear on streets and
- provide a viable alternative to the open burning of yard waste in certain areas of unincorporated McHenry County…”
Cities and villages have and use such power.
Both Crystal Lake and Lakewood, for example, both contract with Marengo Disposal Company (“MDC” is on the side of the trucks).
If a waste collection company thinks it’s unprofitable to cover part of the county, it won’t do so.
Maybe residents of selective subdivisions can save money by bidding out garbage collection.
A company called Prairieland Recycling and Disposal is set to get a three-year contract Tuesday night.
From what’s in the packet, however, I can’t tell if the above prices, increasing about 8% over three years, are a good deal or not.
Now I could tell you tales about the consolidation of the waste disposal industry back in the 1960’s and 1970’s that are not all that savory.
About that time, Illinois Attorney General Bill Scott brought in an anti-trust expert from Washington who, if he did anything (was allowed to do anything?), it escaped my attention.
Including how the Veuglar’s bought a junk yard dog (so to speak) to protect themselves.
But, that doesn’t have anything to do with this apparent government-imposed consolidation.