FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS — The voters of Fairview Heights defeated the electric aggregation question Tuesday, which means residents do not want to city to have the authority to negotiate for the supply of electricity to residents and businesses.
Of the 2,984 voters who cast their choices Tuesday, 1,468 voted against the electric aggregation referendum and 1,268 voted in favor of it.
If it had passed, the city would have been able to negotiate new electricity supply prices with different electric suppliers for potentially better rates. Everyone who had been eligible for electric aggregation would have been included in the group, but, also had two chances to opt-out and stay with their current electric supplier.
Over the years, 243 municipalities and counties in Illinois have passed electric aggregation referendums. Madison and St. Clair County residents voted against electric aggregation in November.
Voters in Belleville, East Alton, Edwardsville, Granite City, Madison, Maryville and Troy passed the referendum in November. Residents in those communities could save about $200 a year on their power bills under a contract with electric supplier Homefield Energy.
In other Fairview Heights election developments:
* Dennis P. Baricevic will be the new Ward 1 alderman, replacing alderman Norm Miller, who did not run for re-election. The second Ward 1 Alderman Josh Frawley, was not up for re-election.
* Pat Baeske kept her seat with 56.60 percent of the vote against challenger Lydia E. Cruez. Cruez served as Ward 3 alderwoman until 2007 when she lost her seat to Linda Hoppe.
* Incumbent Carol Warner kept her seat with 76.61 percent of the vote and Sandy Baldwin lost her seat to Denise Williams, who garnered 58.55 percent of the vote. Speed Allen Jr. lost his seat to Justin Gough, who received 262 votes. Allen received 190 votes.
The new aldermen will be sworn in during the first city council meeting May, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 7.
Contact reporter Jennifer A. Schaaf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-239-2667.