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(Willow Springs) – A long, heated discussion concerning a moratorium on electrical hook-up fees in the city of Willow Springs was had during last Tuesday’s city council meeting, with the bill passing 3-1.

One of the big concerns with the moratorium, which would waive electric hook-up fees under $2000 and would last a year, was that there was some confusion as to where the city’s responsibility ends and the landowner’s begins. The council discussed the idea of an economic ordinance that would allow exceptions such as the moratorium, however there was no action on a bill.

Alderman Bill Myers told the council that they need to fix the issues rather than pass a moratorium, which he called a “band-aid” on the issue. City Administrator Bob Pollard told the council that it would take around 3 months to rework the electric fees in the city and create a proper bill to fix the issue. Alderman Troy Yonker proposed that the city pass the moratorium until a proper resolution can be made by Pollard and others in the city government, however the bill was not seconded. Yonker later reintroduced the moratorium, with a provision that it can be revoked once a bill is drafted. Alderman Bill Myers was the only dissenting vote, stating that he “wants to fix it” and not have it be forgotten in a few months.

City Attorney Steve Privette said that the city would need a new ordinance setting an electric hook-up fee if one is to be adopted. Mayor Jay Waggoner asks Pollard to make a proper resolution setting rates.

The issue is slated to be on the next city council meeting.

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