Palos Hills News
6/5/2014 5:21 PM
As summer begins to gear up the City Council would like to remind you of several ordinances regarding burning restrictions. To ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer, Palos Hills will enforce these ordinances.
The ordinance states:
- Allowable structures are fire pits lined with bricks, stones, rocks, or metal, as well as metal fire enclosures or decorative outdoor fireplaces manufacturered and sold with recreational or patio fires as the primary purpose for their use.
- Allowable fuels include wood, charcoal, fake logs, and paper products. No railroad ties, construction / treated lumber, plywood, garbage, refuse, leaves and / or petroleum-based products such as gasoline solvents, etc.
- A garden hose or fire extinguisher in working condition shall be maintained near the allowable fire area.
- No person, firm or corporation shall burn or set fire to, or allow burning or setting fire to, any hay, grass, leaves or any other type of refuse within the City.
- The Palos Hills Police Department and the North Palos Fire Protection District are authorized to order the extinguishment of any fire they deem hazardous or to be creating a nuisance.
- Any person, firm or corporation who is convicted of violating the regulatory provisions of this chapter shall be fined not less than $50.00 nor more than $500.00. If payment is not made within ten (10) days of issuance of a citation, an additional $25.00 shall be added to the amount of the fine assessed.
The ordinance can be found in the City's online Codification Book located at: http://www.municode.com/resources/gateway.asp?pid=16545&sid=13 under Title 8 - Health and Safety, Section 32 - Burning Restrictions.
5/29/2014 12:08 PM
The City of Palos Hills established a municipal electric aggregation program in July 2012. The purpose of the program was to help residents purchase electricity at rates lower than ComEd. In the first 18 months of the aggregation program, the average participating household saved $237 on their ComEd bill, for a cumulative City-wide savings of nearly $1.5 million.
The aggregation program expires July 2014. The City sought bids to renew the program, but declined all offers as the ComEd rate and alternate electric supplier rates have narrowed resulting in little to no savings between electric suppliers. Thus the City of Palos Hills chose to suspend the program, but may go to bid again to seek savings in April 2015.
Residents who are currently enrolled in the City's program will receive a letter from ComEd in June stating their electric supply service will be switched back to ComEd. This "Confirmation of Drop" notice will state that the ratepayer has two billing periods in which they may choose to switch to another electric supplier or be required to remain on ComEd electric supply service for a total of twelve months from the effective date stated on the letter (a sample of the ComEd Confirmation of Drop Notice is on the back of this letter.) Residents may switch to another supplier within that first 60-day window. No action is needed on your part to be moved back to ComEd.
Residents may switch to another supplier within the first 60-days after being returned to ComEd. Residents should beware of door-to-door solicitors, direct calls or direct mail pieces regarding electric supply and are advised to review contract terms to understand any floating rates or early termination fees. It is recommended that you never release your account number to a solicitor under any circumstance, unless you have decided to move to that supplier.
The City took advantage of multi-year lows in electric prices when it contracted the initial aggregation program rate two years ago. The overall market pricing for electricity has increased in part due to the cold winter, pressure on natural gas supplies and a somewhat strengthening economy.
The Illinois Commerce Commission has established a resource for residents to learn more about supplier choice: Pluginillinois.org.
Residents with questions about the current contract may call the City's supplier for the last two years - FirstEnergy, at 888-651-5200 or the City's consultant, NIMEC at 800-727-3820. (When calling NIMEC, please leave your call back number and you will be contacted within 24 hours.)
Mayor Gerald R. Bennett
A digital copy of this letter and the Sample ComEd Confirmation of Drop Notice can be found at /pdfs/news/2014.05.28_ElectricAggregationDiscontinuation.pdf.