Many government agencies are looking toward the open market as a place they can save money on electricity. Last spring, the Macoupin County Board signed a deal to purchase its electricity at a fixed rate for two years. Dale Kelley has been working with the City of Alton for a few years, and has saved the city at least a half-million dollars, according to figures shared at last night's Committee of the Whole meeting.

Mayor Tom Hoechst gives some examples of how the savings break down.

Hoechst comments

In other committee business, bids will be sought to do a topographic survey of the former Great Central Lumber Company site and adjoining city right-of-way. This is a necessary step in pursuing development, which the city hopes will eventually produce a hotel and convention center.