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Corn Belt Energy Could Provide Another 20 Years Of Service

Ralph Weisheit

The Bloomington City Council will consider renewing and updating an electric utility contract originally passed in 1965. If approved, Corn Belt Electric Cooperative would continue providing service in the community for an additional 20 years.

As part of the new agreement, the company would agree to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act at all of its facilities in the city and be responsible for maintaining the majority of street lights in Bloomington.

Council members will have the option to either raise the franchise fee or pay an extra $14 thousand per month to cover the light maintenance costs.

Aldermen will also consider using Motor Fuel Tax Funds to pay for a right-turn lane to southbound Towanda-Barnes Road at Ireland Grove Road, in cooperation with McLean County. A study of the intersection could bring forth further recommendations to improve it.

A report released by Bloomington says the intersection has become increasingly congested, which is likely related to changes in school start times at Unit 5 schools.