STILL IN THE DARK: S.W. council sets special session to decide on energy contract

SOUTH WHITLEY — A special session will be held Thursday at 6:15 p.m. for the South Whitley Town Council to make a decision on the town’s energy source.For months, the council has been working on revamping the electrical contracts for the town. After hearing Indiana Municipal Power Agency’s (IMPA) proposal on its co-op energy service, the council was able to determine contractual obligations with the town’s current energy provider Duke Energy. Previous considerations proved Duke’s rate is costing the town $220,000 more on an annual basis compared to IMPA’s pricing. After Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer took IMPA’s contract under advisement, he presented the council with his review of the contract. Instead of making a decision at the meeting, the council decided to hold a special session giving the town officials a chance to review the contract. The timing was laid out as such so the council can implement the contract before the next billing cycle, saving the town thousands of dollars. “The longer we stay with Duke, the more it is costing us,” said Councilman Steve Smith. “We have to move on this so that we can get the contract to IMPA before their meeting on Friday,” said Hockemeyer. Before the council meets on the energy contract, discussion on the 2013 budget will be slated for the council Thursday at 6 p.m. Hockemeyer informed the council of the time constraints surrounding the budget.“This has to be sent off by the end of the month, so we can’t wait until the next regular meeting to move on this.” Council President Tony Starkey said he was not comfortable approving a budget he had not had the chance to review. Therefore, the special session was agreed upon to allow time for the council to “chew on it.”ments.