Board approves withdrawal from Natural Gas Consortium

By on April 20, 2012

SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Village Board members on Tuesday voted 6-0 to approve withdrawal from the Natural Illinois Municipal Natural Gas Franchise Consortium.

According to a document from Finance Director Justin Vanvooren, the board approved membership into the consortium, and authorized an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for a natural gas model franchise, at its meeting on Dec. 1, 2009. The document states that the joint effort was meant to provide participating municipalities “greater negotiating power with the natural gas utilities and reduce the cost to each municipality of drafting, negotiating and finalizing a new gas franchise.”

These natural gas utilities still haven’t come to terms on any proposals in the draft agreement.

The village paid $500 to enter the consortium and has since paid $2,921.03 toward “consortium activities.”

According to the document, village staff feels that continued membership in the consortium is not warranted and recommends withdrawal.