Rates for electricity in the Village of Bethalto could be reduced by up to 20-percent a month thanks to a resolution passed by the village board on Tuesday night. The passed measure would allow the village to enter into a three-year deal for energy consulting services with Good Energy. However, that cannot happen without approval from Bethalto residents, who will vote on the matter on the March primary ballot.

Village of Bethalto Mayor Steve Bryant explains:

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Bryant also says that residents need to keep in mind that billing will still go through Ameren and that Ameren will also still be responsible for maintaining power to the village, the only thing changing is the supplier.

The board also passed an agreement to lease a small piece of property that will allow Anderson Hospital to open an Urgent Care facility in Bethalto. The facility is scheduled to open by June 1st and will be located in the Old State Farm building on Route 140.

In other business, Mayor Bryant and the other board members also recognized police, fire, and other emergency personnel who responded to a call on December 2nd, during which they saved the life of Steve Bivens. Bivens had gone into full cardiac arrest, first responders performed CPR on him for nearly half an hour, until he was stable enough to be transported to a local hospital.  Bivens is the husband of Z-1570 Sales Manager Nancy Bivens and shared their story Tuesday on Z-1570.  You can hear the interview here at Alton Daily News.com, by clicking the Listen tab.