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Local Government

Batavia City Council OKs confidentiality agreement for Prairie State

BATAVIA – The Batavia City Council on Monday approved a resolution authorizing aldermen, Mayor Jeff Schielke and certain city staff members to receive confidential information related to the Prairie State Energy Campus in downstate Illinois.

Schielke said the resolution amounted to a “technical update” on who can receive confidential information about Prairie State. He noted that former Alderman Eldon Frydendall, who had been the chairman of the City Council’s Public Utilities Committee, just left the City Council, along with former Alderman Jim Volk, who also was a member of the committee.

In addition, six new aldermen were sworn into office at Monday’s City Council meeting.

“It’s just a bureaucracy cleanup,” Schielke said.

The agreement defined confidential information as trade secrets or economic data pertaining to the Prairie State Energy Campus as well as scientific, engineering, technical, commercial, organizational or administrative information.

In 2007, the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency, of which Batavia is a member, agreed to a long-term power contract to purchase electricity from the Prairie State Energy Campus in downstate Illinois.

Other members include Geneva and Rochelle. The Batavia City Council recently approved hiring the firm Morrill and Associates to help the city with the possible sale of excess electricity.

The city has looked at selling off some of its power because it doesn’t need as much as expected because of the economic slowdown.

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