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Sparks fly surrounding electric aggregation decision

Alderman Havermale said the council has always been in the understanding that it would have an opportunity to discuss and review the program at each renewal phase.

Sparks flied surrounding electric aggregation at Monday's Quincy City Council meeting.

Aldermen are not happy the city's attorney decided the mayor had the legal authority to sign an extension contract with SIMEC LLC without council approval despite the full council voting against it one week ago.

The council voted against the contract, even though the mayor had already signed it without council approval, last Monday.

Days later, the city attorney Lonnie Dunn said that contract will stand and did not require council approval.

Ward 3 Alderman Paul Havermale said the council has always been in the understanding that it would have an opportunity to discuss and review the program at each renewal phase.

"We were denied the ability renew this program for the way this went down, that is not the way this is supposed to work and it has happened on other contracts, not just this one,” Havermale said. “We had almost a year to look at this, why and the heck did we wait a year on something that could possibly be controversial."

Dunn, on the other hand, cited a portion of the ordinance that states the mayor shall be authorized to execute all documents with the lowest responsible electricity provider.

“I look at this and it is clear to me this, I know what honorable is and this isn't it. Frankly, I think Alderman Havermale is 100 percent correct,” said Farha.

A motion was filed and seconded tonight to seek bids for a separate legal counsel on this.

"You know we are talking about honor, I feel like I did the honorable thing and I did the research,” Dunn said. “I contacted the other people and so I take a little umbrage at that to alderman because I feel like this is pretty clear."

Requests for proposals will be sent out within the next few weeks.

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