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Bureau County Board turns down wind farm request to bank internationally  

Credit:  By Goldie Rapp | Bureau County Republican | Feb. 14, 2017 | www.bcrnews.com ~~

PRINCETON – The Bureau County Board wants the owner of a wind farm in the county to bank in the U.S.

The board on Tuesday unanimously denied a request by Avangrid, owner of the Providence Heights wind farm, to take its banking from JP Morgan Chase Bank to Credit Agricole Corporation of France.

The Zoning Committee had also unanimously rejected the request. Marsha Lilley, the committee’s chairwoman, said during Tuesday’s meeting the group prefers Avangrid use a bank based in the U.S., if not in Illinois.

According to documentation placed in the County Board packet, Credit Agricole is ranked second among European banks by Tier One Capital. JP Morgan Chase is ranked No. 1 in the U.S.

Avangrid was attempting to change its existling leter of credit with the county.

County approves to change polling places

The board approved changing election polling places to allow easier accessibility for voters.

Princeton Precinct 3/6, previously at St. Matthew’s Church, and Princeton Precinct 4/5, at the Bureau County Farm Bureau building, will now be located at the Princeton Moose Lodge on North Euclid Avenue.

Selby Precinct 2/3 at St. Mary’s Church Hall will now be located at the VFW building in DePue.

The new polling places will not include steps down into a voting room or the use of a non-compliant ramp, making it easier for voters to cast their ballots on Election Day.

In other news, the board:

• Approved the appointment of Kevin Buckman to fill an unexpired term for Buda Fire trustee opened by Raymond Behrens’ retirement.

• Approved an engineering agreement with Hutchinson Engineering of Peoria to replace an existing bridge structure over Smith Ditch in Gold Township. Bureau County’s cost is $43,800 in federal funds for 80 percent of the preliminary engineering cost, as well as $10,950 of local funds for 20 percent of the engineering costs.

• Approved to change the regular meeting in April to Wednesday, April 12, due to a conflict with annual township meetings.

Source:  By Goldie Rapp | Bureau County Republican | Feb. 14, 2017 | www.bcrnews.com

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