Keep your fingers crossed, Oglesby: The day may be coming when the cannabis grower knocks a few dollars off your light bill.

Oglesby commissioner Jason Curran told the city council Monday that an electric rate study needs to be done soon and there is reason to think city residents may be in for some relief. Green Thumb Industries, the cannabis grower investing $10.5 million into its Oglesby facility, is poised to be the city’s biggest electric consumer — and maybe buy the volume of juice that Buzzi Unicem once had.

For homeowners, that means a possibility of getting the discounted rates enjoyed when Buzzi was operated at full steam.

“But, again, no promises,” Curran said.

Mayor Dom Rivara also isn’t betting on rate relief just yet, but he is signaled he’s satisfied with GTI’s progress so far.

“We’re moving along,” Rivara said.

Separately, if you want to operate a golf court or ATV on city streets, keep an eye peeled for an announcement from city hall after New Year’s Day.

The council amended its golf cart ordinance and commissioner Jim Cullinan urged any interested residents (he knows of a dozen or so) who want to register their carts to watch for a notice after the holidays. The city has to inspect and register vehicles and is loosely eyeing a Saturday in early 2020.

Finally, the city is looking to hire another police officer, but it looks as if the department is another month or two from doing so.

Cullinan and police chief Jim Knoblauch expressed a mutual interest in bringing another officer on board to ensure all shifts are properly covered. A few candidates have been identified, but testing and interviews are pending.

Other matters:

•Rivara pronounced Sunday’s holiday event “such a success” and thanked the many volunteers

•Knoblauch announced $350 was raised for Cops 4 Cancer during “No Shave November,” a beard-growing fundraiser that drew participants from several departments

•Shop with a Cop also was pronounced a successful event

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or Follow him on Twitter @NT_Court.


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